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Paul Wojda

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
Office
JRC 144
Phone
(651) 962-5385
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5385
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

Paul J. Wojda, Ph.D.

Biographical Information

Associate professor of theology in the University of St. Thomas since 1992, Dr. Wojda teaches in the area of moral theology, with a special interest in biomedical ethics.  Dr. Wojda is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.A. in Government and Political Theory in 1984.  He holds a Masters degree (cum laude) in religious studies from Yale University Divinity School (1987), and a doctorate in moral theology from the University of Notre Dame (1993).  His doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between moral authority and martyrdom in the Christian tradition.

 

In addition to his duties at St. Thomas, Dr. Wojda has served as Chair of former Archbishop Harry Flynn’s Biomedical Ethics Commission, and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery, a non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He has served as an ethics consultant to Catholic Health Initiatives, the country’s largest Catholic healthcare provider, as well as on the perinatal bioethics committee of Hennepin County Medical Center.  He also served as a member of the National Marrow Donor Center’s Institutional Review Board.

 

Over the past decade and a half, Dr. Wojda has led groups of St. Thomas students on various study-abroad trips, most notably to Ukraine (Janueary 2006), Rome (Spring 2010), and Poland (January 2012). In each case students explored the intersections between society, politics, and the Church, a longstanding interest of Dr. Wojda’s.

 

Dr. Wojda’s scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in the Encyclopedia of CatholicismPro Ecclesia, Word and World, The Annual for the Society of Christian Ethics, Theology Today, and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Wojda lives in St. Paul with his wife, Keely, and their five children, Clare, Paul, Matthew, Catherine, and Lucy.  He is a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVMT 703 - 02 Biomedical Ethics - - W - - - - 1815 - 2115 BEC 108

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1815 - 2115

Location:

BEC 108

Course Registration Number:

21825 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course presents essential Catholic theological principles that inform the Church's teachings on issues of biomedical morality. Students examine the major documents relevant to the field and consider how to apply them in a pastorally effective manner. Prerequisite: DVMT 601

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 420 - W01 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

22754 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 420 - W02 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23292 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 420 - W01 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30146 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 420 - W02 Theology & Biomedical Revol - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30386 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 100 - 12 Foundations: Prehealth Majors M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 233

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MCH 233

Course Registration Number:

46847 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This section is designed for students who are considering careers in health or medicine, and/or for those who are exploring pre-health majors.

Schedule Details

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THEO 215 - L02 Christian Morality - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 205

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MHC 205

Course Registration Number:

45987 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This course is an introduction to the principles, methods and topics of Christian theological ethics. The following themes will be addressed: the relation of Christian faith to moral reflection and decision making (both individual and social); the contribution of the Christian tradition to the understanding of the human person (including freedom, sin, conscience, character and grace); the role of the believing community in its relation to culture; and the connection of worship and spirituality to the Christian moral life. Some application will be made to selected issues in personal, professional and social ethics. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

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THEO 225 - L02 Faith & Ethics: Love & Justice - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 205

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MHC 205

Course Registration Number:

46899 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul J. Wojda

This class is restricted to students in the new core..

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