Jennifer Erin Beste Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Erin Beste

College of Saint Benedict
Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture
Assoc. Professor of Theology
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
St. Joseph MN 56374
Phone: (320) 363-5934

Email: jbeste@csbsju.edu

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

College of St. Benedict Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture, College of St. Benedict, 2012- present
Associate Professor of Theology, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, 2012- present
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Xavier University, 2008-present
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, Xavier University, 2003-2008

EDUCATION          

Ph.D., Ethics, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University, 2003
M.Div., Summa Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University School of Divinity, 1997
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Christ College Honors Scholar, Valparaiso University, 1993

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Beste, Jennifer. God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace and Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Beste, Jennifer. "Catholic Second Graders' Spirituality in the Context of the Sacrament of Reconciliation." Children's Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice. Don Ratcliffe and Kevin Lawson, eds. (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2012).

Beste, Jennifer. "Children Speak: Catholic Second Graders' Agency and Experiences in the Sacrament of Reconciliation." Sociology of Religion. 72:3 (Autumn, 2011): 327-50.

Beste, Jennifer. "Catholic Children's Experiences of Scripture and the Sacrament of Reconciliation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd." Children in Religion: A Methods Handbook, Susan Ridgely Bales, ed. (New York: NYU Press, 2011).

Beste, Jennifer. "Empowering College Students to Integrate Ignatian Spirituality Within Their Sexual and Relational Lives." Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Connections E-Newsletter. (February, 2011).

Beste, Jennifer. "Catholic Second Graders' Artistic Expression of Sin and Forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation." Practical Matters: Ethnography and Theology. Issue 3 (Spring 2010).

Beste, Jennifer. "The Status of Children within the Roman Catholic Church." The Child in American Religions, ed. Don Browning and Bonnie Miller-McLemore. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009): 56-70.

Beste, Jennifer. "Mediating God's Grace Within the Context of Trauma: Implications for a Christian Response to Clergy Sexual Abuse." Review & Expositor. 105:2 (Spring 2008): 245-260.

Beste, Jennifer. "Promoting Authentic Hope." What's the Point? Clinical Reflections on Care That Seems Futile. David Smith, Charles McKhann, Christiana Peppard, Thomas Duffy, and Stanley Rosenbaum, eds. 9 Nov. 2007. Yale University, Center for Bioethics. http://www.yale.edu/bioethics/publications/index.

Farley, Margaret and Jennifer Beste.  "Roman Catholic Perspectives on Medical Futility." What's the Point? Clinical Reflections on Care That Seems Futile. David Smith, Charles McKhann, Christiana Peppard, Thomas Duffy, and Stanley Rosenbaum, eds. 9 Nov. 2007. Yale University, Center for Bioethics. http://www.yale.edu/bioethics/publications/index.

Beste, Jennifer. "Limits of the Appeal to Women's Experience Reconsidered." Horizons. 33:1 (Spring 2006): 54-77.

Beste, Jennifer. "The Limits of Poststructuralism for Feminist Theology." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 22:1 (Spring 2006): 1-20.

Beste, Jennifer. "Recovery From Sexual Violence and Socially Mediated Dimensions of God's Grace: Implications for Christian Communities." Studies in Christian Ethics. 18:2 (2005): 89-112.

Beste, Jennifer. "Instilling Hope and Respecting Patient Autonomy: Reconciling Apparently Conflicting Duties." Bioethics. 19:3 (2005): 215-231.

Beste, Jennifer. "Receiving and Responding to God's Grace: A Re-Examination in Light of Trauma Theory." Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. 23:1 (Summer 2003): 1-19.

DVD/VIDEO

Jennifer Beste, "Ignatian Spirituality and Sexuality." (The video is a pedagogical resource for educators who are exploring the intersection between Christian spirituality, sexuality, and healthy relationships. Please see http://www.xavier.edu/mission-identity/conway-institute/conway-faculty-fellow.cfm. Fall 2010.

Jennifer Beste, "Hooking Up?" (The purpose of this video is to educate college and high school students about the realities of hookup culture by having them listen solely to college students' perspectives and experiences about hookup culture, the relationship between hookups and sexual violence and its effects, and ideas about how to create a sexually just college campus community.) Fall, 2011 (revised).

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

"Courageously Confronting the Dark Reality of Child Pornography: How Christian Communities Can Mediate God's Grace and Foster Holistic Recovery For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors." Plenary Address, Society for Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives. Chicago, June 2012.

"Contemporary College Hookup Culture and Christian Theology." Plenary Address, St. Louis University Annual Undergraduate Marriage, Family, and Dating Conference. St. Louis, April 2012.  

"Does Hookup Culture Foster Happiness and Social Justice On College Campuses? "Marquette University Annual Mission Week. February, 2012.

"Sexist Norms on Steroids: College Women's Social and Sexual Reality." American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.

"The Challenge of Child-Centered Research for Catholic Ethics." Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Trent, Italy, July 2010.

"Children Speak: Second Graders' Experiences of Sin, Forgiveness, and Moral Agency in the Sacrament of Reconciliation." Society of Christian Ethics, San Jose, CA, January 2010.

"Catholic Children's Spiritual Experiences Within the Context of the Sacrament of Reconciliation." Children's Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, Chicago, IL, June 2009.

"Catholic Second Graders' Artistic Expression of Sin and Forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."  Emory University's "Ethnography and Theology" Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2009.

"Children's Encounter with the Bible through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd." American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 2007.

"Assumptions of Children's Religious and Moral Nature in the Catholic Tradition." The Child in American Religions Working Group led by Don Browning and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.

"Conceptions of Children's Moral Agency in Contemporary Catholicism." American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2004.

"False Hope and Authentic Hope: The Challenge for Care Providers." Yale Bioethics Center Lecture, Yale University, April 2004.

"Overcoming Barriers to Palliative Care." American Academy of Religion, Toronto, Canada, November 2002.

"Receiving and Responding to God's Grace: A Re-examination in Light of Trauma Theory." Society of Christian Ethics, Vancouver, Canada, January 2002.

Medical Ethics Lectures, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. I served as a medical ethicist for Waterbury Hospital from June 2000- September 2001. I was responsible for ethics consultation and periodic lectures in medical ethics to the Hospital Ethics Committee.

"Instilling Hope and Respecting Patient Autonomy,"Feminist International Association of Bioethics, London, September 2000.

"Therapeutic Privilege: Sinful Deception or Christian Compassion?"  American Academy of Religion, Orlando, FL, November 1998.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Louisville Institute Sabbatical Fellowship, January-August 2012.

(The purpose of this fellowship is to write a book offering a Christian ethical analysis of U.S. college students' social, sexual, and relational reality.)

Xavier University Women of Excellence $6,000 Grant, "Transforming Sexual Culture at Xavier University," 2011-2012 academic year.

(The purpose of this grant was to conduct further student interviews and revise a "Hooking Up?" dvd of Xavier students' reflections on hookup culture, relationships, and creating a sexually just college campus. Second, I organized and was in charge of a "Hooking Up?" program required for all Xavier first year students that foster dialogue among Xavier undergraduates about hookup culture, healthy relationships, human flourishing, and how to create a sexually just community. I also organized 6 additional programs to foster dialogue about sexuality, relationships, sexual violence and how to create a sexually just community that was open to all Xavier undergraduates.)

Xavier University Conway Pedagogical Sabbatical Fellowship, Fall 2010 

(The purpose of my sabbatical was to organize and offer a five session "Ignatian Spirituality and Sexuality retreat for Xavier undergraduates. (For the retreat description and student evaluations, please see http://www.xavier.edu/mission-identity/conway-institute/conway-faculty-fellow.cfm. I also planned programs for faculty and staff about integrating Ignatian spirituality into our programming and courses and educating them about current college culture regarding sexuality and relationships.)

Xavier University Women of Excellence $10,000 Grant, "Transforming Sexual Culture at Xavier University," 2010-2011 academic year

(The purpose of this grant was to conduct further student interviews and revise a "Hooking Up?" dvd of Xavier students' reflections on hookup culture, relationships, and creating a sexually just college campus. Second, I organized and was in charge of a "Hooking Up?" program required for all Xavier first year students that foster dialogue among Xavier undergraduates about hookup culture, healthy relationships, human flourishing, and how to create a sexually just community. I also organized 6 additional pizza salon programs to foster dialogue about sexuality, relationships, sexual violence and how to create a sexually just community that was open to all Xavier undergraduates.)

Xavier University Jesuit Faculty Sabbatical Fellowship, Spring 2010.

(The purpose of this sabbatical fellowship was to begin writing Children Speak: A Child-Centered Approach to Christian Ethics.)

Xavier University Women of Excellence $10,000 Grant, "Creating Relationships of Justice and

Care," 2009-2010 academic year.

(The purpose of this grant was to produce a "Hooking Up?"dvd of Xavier students' reflections on hookup culture, relationships, and creating a sexually just college campus. Second, I organized and was in charge of a "Hooking Up?" program required for all Xavier first year students that foster dialogue among Xavier undergraduates about hookup culture, healthy relationships, human flourishing, and how to create a sexually just community. I also organized 6 additional pizza salon programs to foster dialogue about sexuality, relationships, sexual violence and how to create a sexually just community that was open to all Xavier undergraduates.)

Xavier University Dean's Grant for Theology Faculty Summer Seminar, 2008

(The purpose of this grant was to teach a seminar for interested XU theology faculty about the social reality of sexual violence and hookup culture on college campuses, and foster dialogue about how faculty can engage in theological reflection about these issues with first year students in Theo 111 courses.)

Xavier Research Summer Fellowship 2008.

Xavier Research Sabbatical, Fall 2006.

Xavier Research Summer Fellowship 2004.

Robert M. Leylan Prize Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2001-2002.

John Enders Grant, Yale University, Summer 1999.

John Perry Miller Research Fellowship, Yale University, Summer 1998.

Doctoral Fellowship, Yale University, 1997-2001.

The Carpenter Scholarship, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1994-1997.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Directed Study, M.A. Theology Program, Xavier University

Directed M.A. Theses and Comprehensive Exams, M.A. Theology Program, Xavier University

Theological Foundations (THEO 111), Xavier University

Methods in Ethics (THEO 303), Xavier University

Christian Sexual Ethics (THEO 313), Xavier University

Marriage and the Family (THEO 310), Xavier University

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Board Member, Society of Christian Ethics (2011-present)

Co-Founder of Fieldwork and Ethics Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics (2008-present)

Board Member, Society for Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives (2010-present)

Journal Referee, Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics (January 2007-present)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Religion

Society of Christian Ethics

Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives

Catholic Conversations Project (a group of Catholic theologians who meet annually at Fordham

University or Boston College to dialogue about how to heal divisions within the Catholic Church and foster honest dialogue among Bishops and theologians.)

REFERENCES       

Margaret Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics emeritus, Yale Divinity School, margaret.farley@yale.edu.

Gene Outka, Dwight Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics, Yale University, (203) 432-5333.

Serene Jones, President of the Faculty, Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary, (212) 280-1403.

William Madges, (former Chair of Theology at Xavier University) Dean of Arts and Sciences, St. Joseph's University, (610) 660-1282.