Timothy J. Cook, PhD
Timothy J. Cook, PhD

Timothy J. Cook, PhD

Professor
Chair, Education Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Education

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • School Culture
  • School Law
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

Biography

Dr. Timothy Cook is a Professor of Education at Creighton. Tim has had extensive personal and professional experience with Catholic schools throughout his life as a student, social studies teacher, principal, school board member, university professor, and scholar. Tim earned his Ph.D. in School Leadership at Boston College. Then he served as the Chief Administrator of a Catholic junior-senior high school in Rhode Island. 
          At Creighton Tim serves as Chair of the Education Department. He also serves as Director of the Educational Leadership master's degree program and the Catholic School Leadership graduate certificate program. Tim is a member of the Steering Committee for the University wide Partners in Mission initiative, which is very involved with preserving and enhancing Creighton’s Jesuit character. Tim teaches graduate courses including School Law, School Culture, Foundations of Catholic Education, and Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools.
          Tim is the author of Architects of Catholic Culture: Designing & Building Catholic Culture in Catholic Schools. He recently published Charism and Culture: Cultivating Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools. Tim is recognized as an expert on Catholic school identity and culture issues stateside and abroad, particularly in Australia.

 

Education

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration,
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, M.Ed., Catholic School Leadership,
  • John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, B.A., Political Science / Secondary Education

Certifications

Social Studies Teacher School Principal

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Cook, T. J. (2015). Charism and culture: Cultivating Catholic identity in Catholic schools., National Catholic Educational Association, 2015
  • Cook, T. J., Davies, M. F. Small 'c,' big 'C': Religious Diversity and Catholic Identity, Justice, Care and Diversity, 41-56, 2009
  • Cook, T. J. Responding to leadership challenges in American Catholic schools, Catholic Schools: Hope in Uncertain Times, 99-112, 2008
  • Cook, T. J. A Reflection about Strengthening and Applying Scholarship or Religous Character and Academic Excellence, The Carnegie Conversation on Catholic Education, 57-58, 2008
  • Cook, T. J., Ostrowski, D. A. Measuring religious effectiveness in the United States: Are Catholic schools making a difference?, Directions for Catholic Educational Leadership in the 21st Century: The Vision, Challenges, and Reality, Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Catholic Education Leadership, 2007

Articles

  • Cook, T. J., & Simonds, T. A The charism of 21st- century Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 14(3), , 319-333, 2011
  • Cook, T. J. Discovering your school's charism, NCEA Notes, 43, 15, 2010
  • Cook, T. J., Durow, W. P. The upper room: A university - archdiocesan partnership to develop leaders for Catholic schools, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 11, 355-369, 2008
  • Cook, T. J., Ostrowski, D. A. Measuring Religious Mission Effectiveness in U.S. Catholic Schools: Meeting the Challenges, Journal of Catholic School Studies, 80, 19-30, 2008
  • Cook, T. J. A reflection about strengthening and applying scholarship on religious character and academic excellence. In J. Staud (Ed.),, The Carnegie Conversation on Catholic Education, pp. 57-58, 2008
  • Cook, T. J., Hudson, W. J. Professionalization of Catholic high school religion teachers, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 9, 399-424, 2006
  • Cook, Timothy J., Engel, Max T. Predicting Retention of Catholic High School Religion Teachers in the United States, Journal of Empirical Theology, 19, 163-181, 2006
  • Cook, T. J. Responding to leadership challenges in Catholic education in the United States: The lived reality., Catholic School Studies: A Journal of Catholic Education, 77(2), 31-39, 2004
  • Cook, T. J. Charism: A Catholic school’s mark of distinction, Momentum, 35(1), 18-21, 2004
  • Cook, T. J. Professional qualifications of religion teachers in Catholic high schools in the United States., International Journal of Education & Religion, 4(2), , 128-144, 2003
  • Cook, T. J. Preparing future school leaders: Conversation and recommendations., Momentum, 34 (1), 49-51, 2003
  • Cook, T. J. Cast a wide net: Tips for recruiting future religion teachers., Momentum, 33 (2), 16-19, 2002
  • Cook, T. J. Recruitment, preparation, and retention of Catholic high school religion teachers., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 4(4), 530-564, 2001
  • Cook, T. J. The next generation: A study of Catholic high school religion teachers., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 4(1), 115-121, 2000
  • Cook, T. J., & Fraynd, D. J. Where will we find our next religious education teachers?, Momentum, 30(2), 14-16, 1999
  • Cook, T. J. Soul searching: What are your school’s core values?, Momentum, 30(3), 22-25, 1999
  • Cook, T. J. Building the kingdom: School leaders as architects of Catholic culture., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 2(2), 133-150, 1998

Publications

  • Cook, T. J. Discovering your school’s charism., NCEA Notes, 43(4), 15, 2010
  • Dickel, C. T., Ishii-Jordan, S., Cook, T. J. Institutional Charisms and Institutional Core Values: Implementing Mission in Online Practice, E-Learn 2006: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education : proceedings of E-Learn 2006, October 13-17, 2006, 2006

Editing and Reviews

  • Cook, T.J. [Review of the book Pioneer mentoring in teacher preparation: From the voices of women religious]., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 5(2), 258-260, 2001
  • Cook, T. J. [Review of the book Educating for life: A spiritual vision for every teacher and parent]., Momentum, 29(3), 22-25, 1998

Presentations

  • Cook, T. J. Cultivating school charism. Keynote address presented at the annual meeting of The Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State (CSAANYS), Albany, NY, 2014
  • Cook, T. J. Spirit alive! Cultivating Catholic school charism and culture in the 21st century. Keynote address presented to 1,000 teachers at the Annual Teachers’ Conference, Diocese of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2014
  • Montana Catholic School Principals Meeting, Bozeman, Montana, Cultivating Mission and Charism in the 21st Century, ½-day workshop, 2014
  • Webinar for Principals and School Board Members, Diocese of Sioux City, IA, Enhancing Catholic Identity and Culture in the 21st Century, 1 ½-hour webinar, 2013
  • Meeting of the Directors of Religious Order School Networks, Baltimore, Maryland, Sustaining Charism and Catholic Identity in the 21st Century, ½-day workshop, 2013
  • Cook, T. J. The charisms of Catholic schools: Gifts to the nation; gifts to the church. Keynote address at the Celebrating Catholic School Virtues Gala, Diocese of Columbus, Columbus, OH, 2013
  • Toledo Diocesan Principals Conference, Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, Cultivating School Charism, ½-day workshop for school leaders, 2013
  • Fall Workshop and Leadership Summit, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, The Importance of Charism for the Success of Catholic Schools, ½-day workshop for school leaders and school boards, 2011
  • Cook, T. J. (Discovering charism: What is it and where can my school get one? Presentation at the Fifth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia., 2010
  • Cook, T. J., Bueter, R., & Hanbury, K. M. United we stand: Forging innovative university-diocesan partnerships. Presentation at the annual national meeting of Catholic school superintendents sponsored by the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), Oklahoma City, OK., 2008
  • Catholic Educators Collaborative, Stonehill College, Massachusetts, The Importance of Charism for the Success of Catholic Schools, 1 ½-hour presentation, 2008
  • Jesuit Seminar on Mission & Leadership Development, Saint Louis University, Missouri, Articulating and advancing Catholic identity and Jesuit mission, 2 ½- hour presentation, 2008
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic identity today: A position paper. Paper presented at the Archdiocese of Hartford Educational Symposium (Hartford, CT, March, 2007) and at the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium (Baltimore, MD, September, 2007). (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED500462), 2008
  • Cook, T. J. Responding to leadership challenges in Catholic schools in the United States: The lived reality. Updated keynote address presented at the Third International Conference on Issues & Challenges Facing Catholic Educational Leaders (Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia, August, 2004). (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED502235), 2008
  • Invited Participant, National Symposium on Adolescent Catechesis, Co-sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Catholic Educational Association, and National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, 2008
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic identity today. Presentation at the First Summit on the Future of Catholic Education, Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium, Baltimore. Invited, 2007
  • Cook, T. J. Measuring religious mission effectiveness in the United States: Are Catholic schools making a difference? Presentation at the Fourth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia., 2007
  • Cook, T. J. Exploring Catholic identity & religious mission today. Keynote address presented at the annual meeting of School Heads and Board Chairs, Network of Sacred Heart Schools, St. Louis, MO, 2007
  • Cook, T. J., & Ostrowski, D. A. Measuring mission effectiveness: What proof do you have? Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Baltimore, 2007
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic identity today. Major address presented at the Educational Symposium 2007, Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 2007
  • Urban Northeast Omaha Deanery Catholic Elementary Schools, Nebraska, Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships, ½-day teacher workshop, 2007
  • Cook, T. J. A framework for institutionalizing charism and Catholic character. Presentation at the annual meeting of Region Nine (i.e., Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas) of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Secondary Schools Department, Omaha, NE., 2006
  • West Point / Clarkson / Dodge / Howells Catholic Schools, Nebraska, Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships, ½-day teacher workshop, 2006
  • Archdiocesan Teachers’ Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Enhancing Catholic identity, 1 ½-hour presentation with Molly Davies, 2006
  • Cook, T. J. Caring for God’s children (Keynote Address 1). Together in Mission (Keynote Address 2). Keynote addresses presented at the Northern Zone Catholic Educators’ Conference, Diocese of Ballarat, Australia., 2006
  • Cook, T. J., Burgoon, B., & Deegan, J. Cultivating Catholic character, charism, and culture. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Atlanta, GA., 2006
  • Brothers of the Sacred Heart Schools in the U.S. and England, Savannah, Georgia, Sustaining charism and Catholic culture, ½-day principal workshop, 2006
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic schools: Building a culture of relationships. Keynote address presented to over 2,300 Catholic school teachers at six venues, Diocese of Cleveland, OH., 2005
  • Cook, T. J. The Catholic school’s mission for the 21st century: Building a culture of relationships. Keynote address presented at the 16th Annual Institute on Catholic Education, University of Rochester, NY., 2005
  • 16th Annual Institute on Catholic Education, University of Rochester, New York, Enhancing Catholic culture in your schools, 1 ½-hour presentation, 2005
  • Cook, T. J. The charism of Catholic schools in the 21st century: Building a culture of relationships. Presentation at the Eighth Biennial Conference (“Spirit Alive! Schools Alive!”) of the Association of Catholic School Principals of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Wollongong, Australia., 2005
  • Cook, T. J. Leading for mission in the contemporary Catholic school. Presentation at the Eighth Biennial Conference (“Spirit Alive! Schools Alive!”) of the Association of Catholic School Principals of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Wollongong, Australia., 2005
  • Cook, T. J. Charisms: A new way to conceptualize core values for Catholic schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Canada., 2005
  • Cook, T. J. Enhancing symbols and traditions in secondary schools. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Philadelphia, PA., 2005
  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, Enhancing Catholic culture in your schools, 1-day principal workshop, 2005
  • Cook, T. J. Culture, charism, and community. Presentation at the national colloquium for school leaders on issues impacting today’s Catholic high school sponsored by the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), San Antonio, TX., 2005
  • Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, Enhancing Catholic culture in your schools, 1-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Edmund Rice Institute, New York City, Institutionalizing charism and Catholic culture, 1-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, Teaching and leading for mission, 1-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, Teaching and leading for mission, 1-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Cook, T. J. Responding to leadership challenges in Catholic schools in the United States: The lived reality. Keynote address presented at the Third International Conference on Issues & Challenges Facing Catholic Educational Leaders, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia., 2004
  • Cook, T. J. Got charism? No diocesan high school left behind. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Boston, MA., 2004
  • Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, Teaching and leading for mission, 1-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Diocese of Salina, Kansas, Catholic school Identity and mission: Building a culture of relationships, 1-day teacher workshop, 2004
  • Omaha Metropolitan Catholic High Schools, Nebraska, Catholic school identity and mission: Building a culture of relationships, ½-day teacher workshop, 2004
  • Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, School leaders as architects of Catholic culture, ½-day principal workshop, 2004
  • Urban Northwest Omaha Deanery Catholic Elementary Schools, Nebraska, Catholic school identity and mission: Building a culture of relationships, ½-day teacher workshop, 2004
  • Invited Participant, Centennial Symposium on the Future of Catholic Education, Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, 2004
  • Diocese of Albany, New York, Catholic school culture: A symbolic and relational way of life, 1-day principal workshop, 2003
  • Columbus Catholic Schools, Nebraska, Catholic school teachers: Making a world of difference, ½-day teacher workshop, 2003
  • Deans and Chairs of Education, Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU), New York City, Institutionalizing Catholic identity and culture in teacher education, 1-day workshop, 2003
  • St. Mary’s School System, O’Neill, Nebraska, The teacher’s role in the religious Mission of Catholic schools, ½-day teacher workshop, 2003
  • St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska, Catholic school teachers: Making a world of difference, ½-day teacher workshop, 2003
  • Saint Albert Catholic School System, Iowa, Enhancing the unique culture of Saint Albert Schools, Annual Convocation Address, 2003
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic school identity and mission: Building a culture of relationships. Presentation at “Relationships: A Focus of Catholic Education for the New Century,” a conference sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL) at the University of San Francisco, CA., 2003
  • Cook, T. J., & Hudson, W. J. Professionalization of Catholic high school religion teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago., 2003
  • Cook, T. J. What’s a charism and where can my school get one? Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), St. Louis, MO., 2003
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, School leaders as architects of Catholic culture, 2-day principal workshop, 2003
  • Urban Southwest Omaha Deanery Catholic Elementary Schools, Nebraska, Catholic school teachers: Making a world of difference, ½-day teacher workshop, 2003
  • Cook, T. J. Qualifications of religion teachers in Catholic high schools in the United States. Paper presented at “Teachers Matter: The Role of Teachers in Religiously Affiliated Schools,” the third conference of the Education and Ethos Network, Nijmegen, Netherlands., 2003
  • Dioceses of Cincinnati & Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana, School leaders as architects of Catholic culture, 3-day principal workshop, 2002
  • Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, School leaders as architects of Catholic culture, 2-day principal workshop, 2002
  • Cook, T. J. Leaders as architects of Catholic culture. Presentation at the annual meeting of Catholic school superintendents sponsored by the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), Denver, CO., 2002
  • Cook, T. J. Strengthening the foundation: Enhancing religion teaching as a profession. Presentation at the National Religion Teacher Conference (“Brick by Brick: Building the Kingdom of God”) sponsored by the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), University of Dayton, OH., 2002
  • Cook, T. J. What’s a charism and where can my school get one? Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Atlantic City, NJ, 2002
  • Cook, T. J Religion teacher shortage: Various perspectives and responses. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Atlantic City, NJ., 2002
  • Invited Participant, symposium entitled “Catholic Educational Leaders Prepare for Their Successors,” Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton, University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and National Catholic Educational Association, 2002
  • Cook, T. J. Secondary religion teacher shortage: A regional perspective. Presentation at the annual meeting of Region Nine (i.e., Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas) of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Secondary Schools Department, St. Louis, MO., 2001
  • Cook, T. J. Secondary religion teacher shortage: Research and recommendations. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Milwaukee, WI., 2001
  • Invited Participant, symposium entitled “Catholic Educational Leaders Prepare for Their Successors,” Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton, University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and National Catholic Educational Association, 2001
  • Cook, T. J. The next generation: A study of Catholic high school religion teachers. Presentation at the annual meeting of Catholic school superintendents sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), San Antonio, TX., 2000
  • Cook, T. J., O’Keefe, J., & Traviss, M. P. The imminent crisis of prepared teachers for Catholic schools. Presentation at the annual meeting of Catholic school superintendents sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), San Diego, CA., 1999
  • Cook, T. J. The recruitment and preparation of religion teachers. Presentation at the annual meeting of Region Nine (i.e., Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas) of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Secondary Schools Department, hosted by Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 1998
  • Cook, T. J. Beyond Ally McBeal: What Catholic educators should know about school law. Presentation at the annual Archdiocesan Teachers’ Conference, Omaha, NE., 1998
  • Cook, T. J. Catholic high school religion teachers: The next generation. Presentation at the National Religion Teacher Conference (“Myth and Message”) sponsored by the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), University of Dayton, Ohio., 1998
  • Cook, T. J. School leaders: Architects of Catholic culture. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Los Angeles., 1998
  • Cook, T. J. How we foster Catholic identity in our schools. Presentation at the annual meeting of Region Nine (i.e., Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas) of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Secondary Schools Department, St. Louis, MO., 1997
  • Cook, T. J. Ten ways school leaders can build Catholic culture. Presentation at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., 1996
  • Cook, T. J. If your school burned down, would it be rebuilt? Presentation for Boston College Catholic School Leadership (CSLP) Series, Boston., 1995

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Catholic School Identity and Charism School Culture Faith Leadership

Current Research Projects

  • Seminarian Formation as it relates to Leadership of Catholic Schools

Grant Funding Received

  • Cook, T. J., Dickel, C. T., Ishii-Jordan, S., & De Mott, J. (2003). Adding a distance education component to the Magis Program. Our Sunday Visitor Institute, $35,000.
  • Cook, T. J. (2002). Aligning goals and assessment for the Secondary Education Program. Office of Institutional Research & Assessment Summer Assessment, Creighton University, $11,200.
  • Cook, T. J. (2000). Reconvening of focus group for the national survey research project, The Next Generation: A Study of Catholic High School Religion Teachers. Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) Research Board, $7,500.
  • Cook, T. J. (1999). Phases II and III of the national survey research project, The Next Generation: A Study of Catholic High School Religion Teachers. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) / Knights of Columbus Father Michael J. McGivney Memorial Award Fund, $8,640.
  • Cook, T. J. (1998). Phase I of the national survey research project, The Next Generation: A Study of Catholic High School Religion Teachers. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) / Knights of Columbus Father Michael J. McGivney Memorial Award Fund, $9,750.
  • Cook, T. J. (1997). Convening of focus group for the national survey research project, The Next Generation: A Study of Catholic High School Religion Teachers. Lilly Endowment Religion Division, $7,500.
  • Cook, T. J. (1997). Professional development grant for design of senior perspective course entitled The Personal and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership. The Roothbert Foundation, $1,820
  • Cook, T. J. (1996). Research grant for book project entitled Architects of Catholic Culture: Designing & Building Catholic Culture in Catholic Schools. Lilly Endowment Religion Division, $7,000.

Awards and Honors

  • Inductee, The Prout School Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Nominee, Robert F. Kennedy Teaching AwardRobert F. Kennedy Teaching Award, Creighton University, 2000
  • Recipient, William F. Kelly Achievement Award for “Outstanding Mission Contribution,” with T. Dickel, D. Hauser, & J. O’Keefe for the Catholic School Religion Teacher Preparation Program, Creighton University, 1999
  • Recipient, William F. Kelly Achievement Award for “Outstanding Mission Contribution,” with other advisory board members of the Catholic Imagination Project, Creighton University, 1998
  • Boston College Fellowship for Dissertation Study, Boston College, 1989
  • Roothbert Fellowship, 1988
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Fellowship, 1984
  • Inductee, Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society), 1979