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Marylhurst Instructor Promoted to Chair of Religious Studies & Philosophy Department

For Release: September 12, 2001

Dr. Jeroid Roussell, Jr. has been promoted to the position of Chair of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Marylhurst University, overseeing the department's undergraduate, master's and cooperative doctorate programs. Dr. Roussell brings more than 25 years experience as an instructor, curriculum designer and communicator in higher education, seminaries, high schools, parishes and hospitals.

Dr. Roussell, with his wife Dr. Sheila O'Connell-Roussell and the outgoing chair, Dr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, oversaw the design of Marylhurst's Certificate in Pastoral and Spiritual Care program. This program formed the foundation for the Master of Arts in Applied Theology program. He has taught at the university since 1994.

"Over the years I have experienced Marylhurst University as a community of students and teachers richly gifted in academic thought, wholesome pursuit and engaged spirituality," Dr. Roussell said. "I have found a supportive educational environment affording people the opportunity to learn, discuss, share and grow."

Dr. Roussell's professional experience includes curriculum design/instruction at Loyola Marymount University, pastoral care management and coordination at St. Charles Medical Center (Bend, Ore.) and intern supervision at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Roussell also served as Chair of the Religion Department at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton.

Dr. Roussell holds a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Marylhurst and SFTS offer a cooperative D.Min. program. Dr. Roussell earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at Bellarmine College (Louisville, Ky.)


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