Michael Tkacik named CCJS director

January 01, 2001

Michael J. Tkacik, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Saint Leo University, has been appointed director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS). "As a scholar, Dr. Tkacik will bring to the center his extensive teaching and research experience," said Gail Whiting, chair of the CCJS Board of Directors. "Under his leadership, the close relationship between the center and Saint Leo University will be further strengthened. He will guide us as we seek to expand the center's reach. We are extremely pleased to have him as our new director."

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Tkacik served as director of Saint Leo University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program. As the director of CCJS, he will continue to serve on the faculty of the university, teaching in the philosophy and religion program. "Michael is a valued member of our academic community," commented Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University. "His appointment as director of the center is a key strategic move for both organizations. His work for CCJS will both strengthen the university's Catholic intellectual identity and expand the dialogue among people of all faiths."

Dr. Tkacik's academic credentials include a doctoral degree in systematic theology from Duquesne University, a Master of Arts in religious studies from Providence College, and a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion from Auburn University. He is the author of numerous publications. His most recent book, to be released in January 2008, is titled: The Diaconate: The Church's Service Sacramentalized.