Head of School (Education) (Acting)

Head of School (Education) (Acting)

Director of Religious Education

B.Rel.Sc.
MA
PhD


Mary is Director of Religious Education at St Angela's College, Sligo. She is the editor of Does Religious Education Matter? (Routledge, 2017), An Ethics of/for the Future? (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014), and co-editor of The Taylor Effect (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010). Mary is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Committee, the Advisory Board of the Irish Centre for Religious Education (ICRE), the Executive Committee of the Irish Philosophical Society (IPS), and the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland (SWIP-I). Mary has acted as external examiner for the MA in Religion and Education (Post-Primary) at DCU. She is also a peer reviewer for Peter Lang, Irish Theological Quarterly, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Maynooth Philosophical Papers, the British Journal of Religious Education, and the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. Mary also regularly contributes book reviews and articles to peer reviewed journals. Mary is also called upon, from time to time, as a religious education and philosophy content consultant for second-level textbook publishers.


Mary’s search interests are varied but can be summarised as follows: Levinas; Plato; philosophy of friendship; philosophy of pregnancy and maternity; philosophy of religious education; Catholic approaches to religious education; care theory in religious education.

Mary’s teaching experience, like her research experience, is varied. She has taught the following modules:

  • Education Modules: Religious Education Methodology; Philosophy of Education; History of Education; Teaching Practice Support Programme; Introduction to Religious Education; Critical Questions in Religious Education; Preparation for Micro-Teaching; Preparation for School Placement; Ethos and Education; Religious Education Readings Seminar; Introduction to Documentary Research Methods; Foundations and Approaches to Religious Education.
  • Religious Studies/Philosophy Modules: Introduction to Philosophy; Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Moral Philosophy, Human Beings and the Universe; The Search for Meaning and the Question of God; The Search for Answers; Religions of the World; Philosophies of Secular Belief; Hermeneutics of Irish Identity; Religion and Culture in Ireland; Philosophical and Theological Anthropology; Contemporary Christological Perspectives; Encountering Religious Experience; Religion and Science; Communicating the Faith; Introduction to Religious Studies; Dissertation.
  • Postgraduate Modules: Documentary Research Methods
    Postgraduate Writing Skills; Professional Preparation and Development: Religious Education; Readings in Social Justice and the Common Good; Religion, Education, and Society; The Site of Justice? The Religious Education Teacher and the Classroom; Understanding Education: Philosophy of Education; Professional Preparation and Development: Religious Education Methodology.


Books
2017: Does Religious Education Matter?, (London: Routledge).
2014: An Ethics of/for the Future?, (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).
2010: The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age, (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).

Chapters in Books
2014: 'A Pregnant Space: Levinas, Ethics and Maternity', in Mary Shanahan, (ed.), An Ethics of/for the Future?, (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).
2010: 'Establishing an Ethical Community: Taylor and the Christian Self', in Ian Leask, Eoin Cassidy, Alan Kearns, Fainche Ryan & Mary Shanahan, (eds.), The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age, (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).

Refereed Publications
2013: 'A Pregnant Space: Levinas, Ethics, and Maternity'. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, No. 13, (February).
2010: 'Responsible Reciprocity: Ethical Friendship in Plato and Levinas'. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, No. 10, (February).
2005: 'The Love of Wisdom and the Wisdom of Love', Religion, Education and the Arts (R.E.A.), No. 5, (September).

Book Reviews
2019: Review of Natalia Marandiuc’s The Goodness of Home: Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Human Self, Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 85 No. 1.
2019: Review of Fran O’Rourke’s (ed.) What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century? Essays in Honor of Alasdair MacIntyre, Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 84 No. 2.
2017: Review of Simon Critchley's The Problem with LevinasHistory of Political Thought, Vol. 83 No.4 (Winter).
2016: Review of Christopher Ben Simpson's Merleau-Ponty and TheologyIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 81.
2014: Review of Joseph Harp Britton's Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of PietyIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 80.
2014: Review of Nigel Zimmerman's Levinas and TheologyIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 80.
2014: Review of Theodore Vial's Schleiermacher: A Guide for the PerplexedIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 80.
2012: Review of Keith Ward's Is Religion Irrational?Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 78.
2012: Review of Keith Ward's More than MatterIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 77.
2012: Review of Murray Rae's Kierkegaard and TheologyIrish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 77.
2011: Review of Mary P. Nichols' Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus and LysisCambridge Classical Review, No. 61, (October).
2010: Review of Phil Huston's Martin Buber's Journey to PresenceYearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, No. 10 (February).
2010: Review of Patrick Masterson's The Sense of Creation: Experience and the God BeyondYearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, No. 10 (February).

Other Publications
2018: (with the Diocese of Elphin and the Irish Jesuit Province), Transition Year Religious Education Module: Jesus (Diocese of Elphin).
2017: (with Michael G. Duignan, on behalf of St. Angela’s College, Sligo) Response to the Consultation by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on the Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Junior Cycle Religious Education.
2016: (with Noreen O’Carroll, on behalf of the Royal Irish Academy Ethics, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee), Royal Irish Academy: Response to the Consultation by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on the Draft Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy).
2008: ‘Sartre’s Humanist Existentialism: Existentialism and Humanism’, Teaching Religious Education, No. 2.

 

  • 2020 (TBC): ‘On the Eternal Impotency of the Masculine: The Moral of Diotima’s Love Lesson?’, SWIP-I Annual Conference, Maynooth University.
  • 2020 (TBC): ‘Compassion, Care, and Responsibility: A Religious Education Triumvirate?’, G.R.A.C.E. Inaugural Gathering, Kylemore Abbey, Galway.
  • 2019 Workshop Facilitator, ‘Development Education and the Religious Education Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities’, Ubuntu Network Sharing Symposium, St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
  • 2016 ‘Religious Education in the Primary School: Perspectives from the South of Ireland’. Sharing Education, Sharing Beliefs Project, ‘Primary School Religious Education in Southern Ireland’, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2016 ‘The Missing: Levinas, Pregnancy, and Birth’. Conference: SWIP-Ireland Conference, ‘Challenging Practices in Contested Domains: Feminist Ethics in Theory and Practice’, NUI Galway.
  • 2015 ‘Being Put Into Question: A Levinasian Interpretation of Catholic Religious Education’. Conference: ICRE Research Colloquium, Mater Dei Institute.
  • 2014 ‘In Absentia: Levinas and Pregnancy’. Conference: SWIP-Ireland Conference, Women’s Bodies, Newman House, Dublin.
  • 2013 ‘Lessons to Learn? Levinas, Noddings and Leaving Certificate Religious Education’. Conference: St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, and the Irish Centre for Religious Education Symposium, The Ethics of Religious Education?
  • 2013 ‘A Pregnant Space: Levinas, Ethics and Maternity’. Conference: St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, and the Irish Philosophical Society Symposium, An Ethics of/for the Future, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles.
  • 2011 ‘The Love of Education: Friendship and Philosophy in Plato’s Phaedrus’. Conference: Dublin Graduate Philosophy Symposium, University College Dublin.
  • 2010 ‘Seeing the Site of Infinity: Plato and Levinas on Envisioning the Transcendent’. Conference: Trinity College Dublin & University College Dublin Graduate Work in Progress Conference, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2009 ‘Establishing an Ethical Community: Taylor and the Christian Self’. Conference: International Conference: ‘A Secular Age’: Tracing the Contours of Religion and Belief, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin.
  • 2008 ‘To See or Not to See: Eyes, Seeing, and Souls in Plato’s Philosophy’. Conference: Aspects of Vision, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
  • 2007 ‘Divinely Strange Embodiment: Mediation and the Transcendent in Plato and Levinas’. Conference: International Conference: Perspectives on the Body and Embodiment, University College Dublin.
  • 2007 ‘The Tracing of the Ethical Face in Levinas’ Philosophy of Alterity’. Conference: Mary Immaculate College Theology Graduate Research Conference, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles.
  • 2005 ‘Being and Non-Being in Plato’s Sophist and Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness’. Conference: National Irish Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College, Dublin.


Awards / Fellowships / Scholarships

  • 2010-2011 SPD Teaching Fellowship (Philosophy)
  • 2009 UCD MacIntyre Scholarship
  • 2005-2006 UCD Open Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2004 First place in graduating year (Mater Dei Institute of Education)

Professional Associations
2019-present: NUIG Research Team Member (with Prof. Gerry Mac Ruairc, Dr Manuela Heinz, and Dr Elaine Keane), LIFETWO: Learning Interculturality from Religions Towards Outreach Activities (Erasmus+).
2018-present: Member of the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education
2019-present: Member of Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE)
2016-2017: Panel Member of the Sharing Education, Sharing Beliefs (SESB) Research Project at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Dublin City University
2014-present: Member of the Ethical, Legal, Political and Philosophical Committee of the Royal Irish Academy
2015-present: Member of the Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland
2007-present: Member of the Irish Philosophical Society
2012-present: Committee Member of the Irish Philosophical Society
2010-2016: Member of the Council for Justice and Peace, Irish Bishops' Conference
2011-present: Member of the Irish Centre for Religious Education, Lecturers’ Forum (2011-present)
2016-present: Member of the Advisory Board for the Irish Centre for Religious Education
2013-present: Peer reviewer for the Irish Theological Quarterly 
2016-present: Peer reviewer for Peter Lang 
2016-present: Peer reviewer for International Journal of Philosophical Studies
2015-present: Peer reviewer for Maynooth Philosophical Papers 
2019-present: Peer reviewer for British Journal of Religious Education
2020-present Peer reviewer for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology

Committees
2017-present: Widening Access and Participation Committee, St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
2018-present: Member of the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education
2019-present: Member of Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE)
2016-2017: Panel Member of the Sharing Education, Sharing Beliefs (SESB) Research Project at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Dublin City University
2014-present: Member of the Ethical, Legal, Political and Philosophical Committee of the Royal Irish Academy
2015-present: Member of the Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland
2007-present: Member of the Irish Philosophical Society
2012-present: Committee Member of the Irish Philosophical Society
2010-2016: Member of the Council for Justice and Peace, Irish Bishops' Conference
2011-present: Member of the Irish Centre for Religious Education, Lecturers’ Forum (2011-present)
2016-present: Member of the Advisory Board for the Irish Centre for Religious Education

Community Engagement
2019: presenter at the 2019 Access Schools College Taster Day at St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
2019: facilitator of Junior Certificate Revision Workshop: Section B, Summerhill College, Sligo.
2019: Organising Committee, Ubuntu Network Sharing Symposium, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2018-2019: Team Member, Ubuntu Project 2018/19: Integrating Development Education into Post-Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programmes Research Project, St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
2017: presenter on Religious Education for the NUI Galway/St. Angela’s College , Sligo, Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT) project (various locations).

Guest Lectures and Keynote Addresses
2016: 'In Absentia: Levinas and Pregnancy', National University of Ireland Galway, NUIG Lunchtime Papers
2013: ‘A Loving Friend: Lessons from Ancient Greece’. Conference: Irish Theological Association Conference, Theologies of Human Flourishing, All Hallows College, Dublin
2009: 'Responsible Reciprocity: Friendship in Plato and Levinas', National University of Ireland Maynooth, NUI Maynooth Graduate Seminars: Philosophy (February 2009). 

Teaching Experience
2013-present: Lecturer in Education (Religious Education), St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2011-2013: Lecturer in Religious Studies & Education, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2011-2013: Adjunct Lecturer in Education (Philosophy), St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
2012-2013: Adjunct Lecturer in the Philosophy of Education, Church of Ireland College of Education
2010-2011: Assistant Lecturer in Education (half-time post), Mater Dei Institute of Education
2010-2011: Teaching Fellow (Philosophy), St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
2008-2010: Philosophy of Education Coordinator & Religious Studies Tutor, Hibernia College
2009-2010: Philosophy & Religious Education Lecturer (part-time), St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2010: Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy (part-time), Mater Dei Institute of Education
2009-2010: Philosophy of Religion Tutor, Oscail, DCU
2009-2010: Philosophy Tutor, NUI Maynooth
2009-2010: Philosophy Tutor, University College Dublin
2005-2008: Lecturer in Philosophy & Religious Studies, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2005: Substitute Teacher (English), Gairm Scoil Mhuire, Thurles
2004-2005: Human Development Tutor, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Other Work Experience
2013-present: School Placement Tutor, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2013-present: Micro-teaching Tutor, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2011-2013: Micro-teaching Tutor, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2011-2012: Micro-teaching Tutor, Mater Dei Institute of Education
2010-2012: School Placement Tutor, Mater Dei Institute of Education
2009-2010: Guest Editor, ‘Taylor Issue’, Religion, Education, and the Arts
2006-2007: Registrar, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2005-2007: Special Learning Needs Tutor, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2005-2013: School Placement Tutor, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles

Research and Conference Organisation Experience
2019-present: NUI Galway Research Team Member (with Prof. Gerry Mac Ruairc, Dr Manuela Heinz, and Dr Elaine Keane), LIFETWO: Learning Interculturality from Religions Towards Outreach Activities (Erasmus+).
2019: Organising Committee, Ubuntu Network Sharing Symposium, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2018-2019: Team Member, Ubuntu Project 2018/19: Integrating Development Education into Post-Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programmes Research Project, St. Angela’s College, Sligo
2016-2017: Panel Member, Sharing Education, Sharing Beliefs (Queens University Belfast and Dublin City University) Research Project
2015-2016: Research and development of an edited collection of essays, Does Religious Education Matter? (see details in publications list)
2013-2014: Research and development of an edited collection of essays, An Ethics of/for the Future? (see details in publications list)2013: Conference Organiser, Irish Centre for Religious Education Symposium: The Ethics of Religious Education? St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2013: Conference Organiser, Irish Philosophical Society Conference: An Ethics of/for the Future? St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
2009: Conference Organiser, A Secular Age: Tracing the Contours of Religion and Belief, Mater Dei Institute of Education
2008-2009: Research Assistant, The Taylor Project, Mater Dei Institute of Education
2005-2011: Doctoral research at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin
2004-2005: M.A. dissertation research at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin