Fred Glennon, Ph.D. (Home)
Department of Religious Studies
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 445-4774


Academic Training:

Bachelor of Arts, Gardner-Webb University, 1980
Master of Divinity, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
Doctor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1990

Research Interests:

Fred Glennon's field of specialization is in the area of Religion, Ethics, and Society. His most current research is a look at the language of covenant as a usable language for Christians (and others) seeking to fulfill their moral obligations to their neighbors in a culturally pluralistic society. The title of the project is The Covenant Embodied: The Promise of Covenant for Social Justice. The project has received the support of a Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant from the Louisville Institute. He has published several articles from that research, including "Must a Covenant Sexual Ethic Be Heterocentric? Insights from Congregations," Perspectives in Religious Studies 48/3 (Fall 2002): 215-233, and "Blessed Be the Ties That Bind?  The Challenge of Charitable Choice to Moral Obligation," Journal of Church and State 42 (Autumn 2000): 825-843.  He also researches the interrelationship between Religion, Social Ethics and Public Policy, particularly welfare, poverty, and labor market policy. His publications include, “Just-War or Justice?  Reflections on Getting into and out of the Iraq War,” (essay written for new journal, Motives (online journal of Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Spring 2009):  23-27,  “Catholics and the Welfare State: How the Preferential Option for the Poor Relates to Preferences for Government Policy," with Matthew Loveland and Frank Ridzi, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 5/1 (Winter 2008):  45-6, Living Responsibly in Community, co-edited with Gary Hauk and Darryl Trimiew (University Press of America, April 1997), "Ethical Challenges for Social Ministry Today" (Currents in Theology and Mission, August 1996), and "Desperate Exchanges: Secondary Work, Justice, and Public Policy," (Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, 1992). Finally, he has interest in the relationship between religion, ethics, and culture evidence in his essay, "Baseball's Surprising Moral Example: Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, and the Racial Integration of America," in The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball and Religion in American Culture; and in a book he has co-authored with Nancy Ring, Jennifer Glancy, Mary Macdonald, and Kathleen Nash, An Introduction to the Study of Religion, a textbook in religious studies published by Orbis Press (January 1998).

As a Carnegie Scholar, Fred also engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  His most recent work in this area is entitled, "Experiential Learning and Social Justice Action," in which he researches the effectiveness of experiential learning in teaching and learning social justice in his senior seminars.  He has also explored the role of service learning in the religious studies classroom, "Service Learning and the Dilemma of Religious Studies: Descriptive or Normative?" in the AAHE series on service learning in the disciplines, From Cloister to Commons: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Religious Studies (2002).  He has developed an approach to teaching called "the learning covenant." He discusses developments in this approach at length in his paper, "Promoting Freedom, Responsibility, and Learning in a General Education Religious Studies Course:  The Learning Covenant a Decade Later," Teaching Theology and Religion 11/1 (February 2008):  32–41.  He has explored the ethical issues associated with outcomes assessment in his paper, "Assessment for the Right Reason: The Ethics of Outcomes Assessment," published in, Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 1999): 14-25. For a more complete listing of his background, experience, and research interests, see his Teaching Portfolio and Curriculum Vita

Personal Information:

Fred Glennon is married to Lindy Bradley Glennon. She is Executive Director of CAPCO, a community action agency located in Cortland, New York. Aside from her busy role at the agency, she is former President of the Family Development Association of New York (FDANY), member of the Board for NYSCAA, and she assisted Cornell University in the development of a Family Development credentialing program which has been adopted by the state of New York. Lindy and Fred have one child, Michael.




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