In September, 2016, Wyoming Catholic College launched its Catholic Scholar Advisory Board comprised of sixteen Catholic scholars from around the country. The board provides advice and a wide range of networking opportunities, and its members serve as ambassadors to other academic institutions, prospective students, benefactors, and friends.

Board Members

Bradley J. Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College. He is a Fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Dr. Birzer is author of Russell Kirk: American Conservative, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll, Sanctifying the World: the Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawsonand J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth.

Clinton A. Brand is English Department Chair at the University of St. Thomas (Houston), where he teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, 17th Century poetry, and the classical literary tradition. In 2015, Pope Francis named Professor Brand a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, Catholic Historical Review, Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape, The John Donne Journal, Modern Age, and Reformation.

Barbara J. Elliott is the President of the Center for Cultural Renewal and Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts in the Honors College of Houston Baptist University. She is the founder of the WorkFaith Connection, which transitions people from prison, homelessness, and unemployment into a new job and a new life. She is the author of five books, including Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities. She received the Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from the President of the United States in 2001.

Bruce P. Frohnen is Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law and the author of Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: The Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville, The New Communitarians and The Crisis of Modern Liberalismand editor (with George Carey) of Community and Tradition: Conservative Perspectives on the American Experience. His latest book is Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law from Harvard University Press.

Khalil Habib is Director of the Pell Honors Program, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, of Salve Regina University. He is a member of the Board of the Executive Advisory Council of the Portsmouth Institute at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. He previously served as a member of the Board of Quest Montessori School.

Peter Kalkavage has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, since 1977. He is director of the St. John’s Chorus. Dr. Kalkavage is the author of The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, and has produced translations of Plato’s Timaeus, Phaedo, and Statesman for Focus Philosophical Library. He is also author of two texts that have been used in the St. John’s music program, including On the Measurement of Tones and Elements: A Workbook for Freshman Music. (These last two works are featured elements in the Music portion of Wyoming Catholic’s Fine Arts curriculum.)

Robert C. Koons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (which won the Aarlt Prize), Realism Regained, The Waning of Materialism (co-edited with George Bealer), and Metaphysics: The Fundamentals and The Atlas of Reality (both co-authored with Tim Pickavance). He teaches metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophical logic, and ancient and medieval philosophy. He has been at UT for 30 years, after having studied philosophy at Michigan State, Oxford and UCLA.

Benjamin Lockerd is Professor of English at Grand Valley State University, where he has received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educator Award. He is the author of The Sacred Marriage: Psychic Integration in “The Faerie Queene”and Aethereal Rumours: T. S. Eliot’s Physics and Poetics, as well as articles on Eliot and on Renaissance literature. He has served as president of the T. S. Eliot Society. He edited a collection of essays, T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition. In September, 2012, Dr. Lockerd delivered a lecture at Wyoming Catholic College entitled “Beyond Politics: Christopher Dawson and T.S. Eliot on Church and State.”

Christopher Morrissey teaches Greek and Latin on the Faculty of Philosophy at the Seminary of Christ the King located at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia. He also lectures in logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University. He is a Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute and a Member of the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and has taught classical mythology, history, and ancient languages at Simon Fraser University, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on René Girard. His book of Hesiod’s poetry, Theogony / Works and Days, is published by Talonbooks.

John Mortensen is President of the Aquinas Institute, and has studied theology and philosophy in Austria, Oxford, and Rome. From 2002 to 2007, he was Assistant Professor at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, teaching courses in logic, natural philosophy, metaphysics, fundamental theology, and Trinitarian theology.  He completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in theology. Dr. Mortensen’s research has centered on Aquinas’s doctrine of analogy. He specializes in the work of Aristotle and Aquinas, but his interests also include spiritual theology and Mariology.

Joseph Pearce is a Senior Contributor of The Imaginative Conservative, Senior Editor at the Augustine Institute, and the Tolkien & Lewis Chair in Literary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and executive director of Catholic Courses. His books include The Quest for ShakespeareTolkien: Man and MythThe Unmasking of Oscar WildeC. S. Lewis and The Catholic ChurchLiterary ConvertsWisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. ChestertonSolzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.

Tracey Rowland is Dean and Permanent Fellow of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne, Australia). She is also a member of the Pontifical International Theological Commission. She is the author of Culture and the Thomist Tradition after Vatican II, Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, and Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed.

David L. Schindler is Dean Emeritus, and Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology, at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. He is editor of Communio: International Catholic Review. He is the author of Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God, Heart of the World, Center of the Church: “Communio Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation,” and Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom. 

Andrew Seeley is Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He is also a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization.

Gleaves Whitney is the director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Mr. Whitney has written, edited, or contributed to John Engler: The Man, the Leader & the Legacy, American Presidents: Farewell Messages to the Nation, and the revised edition of Russell Kirk’s The American Cause.

Jeremy Wilkins is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College. He previously served as Associate Professor in Regis College at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Lonergan Research Institute, home of Lonergan’s archives and the center for the production of his Collected Works. Prior to that he taught at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology in Houston.

John Willson is Professor Emeritus, Hillsdale College. He has been a dedicated teacher of the Liberal Arts and defender of Western Civilization for over fifty years, and author of hundreds of essays and reviews in scholarly and conservative periodicals. He is a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative.

Jose Maria Yulo teaches philosophy, western civilization, and United States history at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Dr. Yulo completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s College (Annapolis) where his love of liberal learning, and great books, was cultivated.