Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies


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The faculty in the liberal studies graduate program vary across multiple disciplines to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and course offerings for students. They are experts in their field and passionate about their subject matter. They are anxious to share their knowledge with their students and promote dialogue and further exploration of the course material.

The list below provides a thumbnail sketch of the professional interests and background for faculty teaching in Summer and Fall 2015:

David Belz has been teaching writing and communication since 1977.  He has worked in publishing and business communication since 1985 and has served as a corporate communications writer and consultant for such organizations as Constellation Energy Group, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, The Baltimore Sun Company, Becton Dickinson Diagnostics, and Network Media Partners. He holds a degree in English and Creative Writing and earned his Master’s degree in The Great Books from St. John's College in Annapolis, and studied fiction writing with James M. Cain and J.R. Salamanca at the University of Maryland. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in such publications as The Baltimore Sun, The Antietam Review, The Loch Raven Review, The Cynic, and The MacGuffin. A collection of his work, White Asparagus, was published by Apprentice House in 2010.

Steven Burr has developed and taught courses in the theology department at Georgetown University and the graduate liberal studies program at Loyola University Maryland. His recent book, Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home (Lexington Books, 2014), examines the human engagement, aesthetically and existentially, with the finitude and limits that define human existence. Dr. Burr completed his doctoral work at Georgetown University.

Randall Donaldson is an Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Liberal Studies Program. He has taught in the Liberal Studies program since the mid-eighties. Dr. Donaldson did his doctoral work at Johns Hopkins, where he developed a special interest in German-American literary relations. He has made numerous presentations on German-American culture and published a number of articles on the topic as well. He currently edits the Report, the journal of the Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland, and is working on a book on the history of the German element in Maryland.

Graham McAleer was born and raised in England, and attended universities in England, Canada, Belgium and the USA.  He is especially interested in moral theory, phenomenology, medieval philosophy, and social and political theory.  His most recent book is To Kill Another: Homicide and Natural Law (Transaction, 2010).

James Quirk, a Loyola alumnus, teaches at American University and The Catholic University of America. His work has taken him to the Balkans, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and a Loyola service-immersion mission to Mexico. He is actively engaged in the emerging scholarship about online education, and blogs for the Foreign Policy Association.  He has taught in the Liberal Studies program since 2003.