Susan A. Calef, BA, PhD
Susan A. Calef, BA, PhD

Susan A. Calef, BA, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • New Testament, specializing in Gospels, feminist hermeneutics; also biblical spirituality

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • graduate course on Scriptural Foundations of Spirituality
  • required course for the WGS minor: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
  • undergraduate courses on Biblical Tradition (Sickness & Healing; Gender, Economy, & Violence)
  • upper-division undergraduate course on Women & the Bible

Education

  • PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins; University of Notre Dame, 1996
  • MA in Theology; University of Notre Dame, 1994
  • MA in Biblical Literature & Languages; Catholic Theological Union, 1988

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • "Reading Guide to the Gospel of Mark," for the Catholic Study Bible, Third Edition,, Oxford University Press, 2015
  • "Introduction to the Symoptic Gospels," Anselm Companion to the New Testament, ed., Corinne L. Carvalho. Winona, MN, Anselm Academic Press, 2014
  • "Taking Up the Cross: Suffering and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," in Richard Miller, ed., Suffering and the Christian Life. Maryknoll, NY, Orbis Press, 49-79, 2013
  • “Introduction to the Gospels,” in Anselm Academic Study Bible. Winona, MN:, Anselm Academic Press, 1549-1554, 2013
  • Calef, S. The One Sent: Mary Magdalene and Jesus, the Christ, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie, 102-106, 2009
  • Calef, S. A. Prayer in the New Testament., Prayer and the Catholic Tradition, 18-40, 2007
  • Calef, S. A. Thecla 'tried and true' and the inversion of romance, A feminist companion to the New Testament, 163-185, 2006

Articles

  • Calef, Susan A. Review of Embracing the Human Jesus: A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity. By David Galston. Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2012., Horizons, 41, 397-399, 2014
  • Calef, Susan. Prophet Margins in the Economy of Salvation: Having, Being, and Doing in the Gospel of Luke., Journal of Religion & Society, 10, 106-131, 2014
  • “Coming to a Parish Near You: John’s Good News,”, Liguorian, March 2011, 23-26, 2011
  • Calef, Susan. Charting New Territory: Religion and "the Gender-Critical Turn"., Journal of Religion & Society, 5, 1-5, 2009
  • Calef, Susan A. Kephal., coverings, and cosmology: the impenetrable "logic" of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16., Journal of Religion & Society, 5, 21-44, 2009
  • Calef, Susan A. Kephal?., coverings, and cosmology: the impenetrable 'logic' of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, Journal of Religion & Society, 21-44, 2009
  • Calef, Susan A. Charting New Territory: Religion and 'the Gender-Critical Turn?.?, Journal of Religion & Society, 1-5, 2009
  • Calef, Susan A. Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 69, 847-849, 2007
  • Calef, S. A. Coming To A Parish Near You: Luke?..s Good News, Ligourian, 8-12, 2006
  • Calef, S. A., Gillman, F. M. Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The appearance of new women and the Pauline communities, Theological Studies, 66, 930-931, 2005

Publications

  • “The Passion in Scripture and Cinema: Teaching Critical Attention to Gender,”College Theology Society Annual Meeting 2013, Creighton University, June 1, 2013., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2013
  • “ ‘Profit Margins’ and the Lukan Economy of Salvation: An Analysis of the Being, Having, and Doing in the Gospel of Luke,” The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor: A Kripke Symposium, Creighton University,, Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2013
  • “Taking Up Your Cross: Suffering and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark,” Conference on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century, Kansas City, Missouri, June 25, 2011., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2011
  • “ ‘So be it . . . ‘: Gender, Family, and Sacrificial Theology Envisioned in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ,” Religion and the Visual Symposium: Exploring the Visual Communication of the Sacred.”, Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • Review of Laurel K. Cobb, Mark and Empire. Feminist Reflections., Theological Studies, 76, no. 3, 634, 2015
  • Review of David Galston, Embracing the Human Jesus: A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity, Horizons, 41, 397-99, 2014
  • Calef, Susan A. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space, Horizons, 370-371, 2010

Presentations

  • "'So be it . . .': Gender, Family, and Sacrificial Theology Envisioned in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ." Religion and the Visual Symposium: Exploring the Visual Communication of the Sacred., 2015
  • "Hearts Burning Within: Scripture, Story, and Spirit-Life," fifteen lectures, Summer Festival of Learning, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Eastern American Province, Sag Harbor, NY, July 6-11, 2014., 2014
  • "Suffering in the Gospel of Mark: Reflections for the Lenten Journey," Campus Ministry Lenten Lunch Series, Creighton University, 2014
  • "The Bible in Public Discourse and Theological Reflection on War and Violence." Guest lecture in JPS/THL 588., 2013
  • "Discipleship for the Reign of God: Being Body of Christ in the Contemporary Context," Staff Retreat, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • "The Passion in Scripture and Cinema: Teaching Critical Attention to Gender." College Theology Society, 2013
  • "Faith, Spirituality, Health, and Healing: The Research Findings." Guest lecture in WGS/SRP/COMM 477., 2013
  • Center for Health Policy and Ethics: "Day Away, Women Who Rock.", 2013
  • "Jesus as Prophet Mighty in Word and Deed: Reflections on Prophetic Ministry for the Contemporary Context," a series of lectures, Academy of Spiritual Formation, United Methodist Nebraska Conference, St. Benedict Spirituality Center, Schuyer, NE., 2013
  • "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" Good Friday Service, Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • "'Profit Margins' and the Lukan Economy of Salvation: An Analysis of Being, Having, and Doing in the Gospel of Luke." Kripke Center Symposium on the Bible, the Economy, and the Poor., 2013
  • "Early Christian Table Fellowship in Socio-Cultural Context." Guest lecture ion SRP 455., 2013
  • "Women Living Prayer: A Morning of Reflection," West Hills Church, Omaha, NE., 2012
  • "A Prophet Might in Word and Deed: The Lukan Jesus as Model for Prophetic Ministry," Theological Education Workshop, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Tarrytown, NY, September 28-29, 2012., 2012
  • "Discipleship for the Reign of God: Reflections on Being Body of Christ in Today's World," Ministerial Staff Retreat, St. Vincent DePaul and St. James Parishes, Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, Waterloo, NE., 2011
  • "Taking Up Your Cross: Suffering and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark." Conference on the Church in the 21st Century, Kansas City, Missouri., 2011
  • "Women and the Word," lecture and table talk, Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, Waterloo, NE., 2011
  • "Women Living Prayer: A Morning of Reflection," St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James Parishes' Tenth-Annual Women's Day of Reflection, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • "The Genesis of 'authority' (exousia) on her head' (1 Corinthians 11:10). AAR-SBL-ASOR Rocky Mountains Great Plains Region Annual Conference, 2010., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Narrative Criticism of the Gospels Feminist Hermeneutics Bible in Public Discourse Biblical Spirituality Early Christian Social History: the Body in Christian Self-Definition The Legacy of Paul in the First – Third Centuries (Acts of Paul & Thecla)

Grant Funding Received

  • Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society Grant

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Delta Zeta Sorority, 2014
  • Volunteer of the Year, Nebraska Humane Society , 2014
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, 2010
  • Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award, Creighton University , 2006