Fred Glennon, Ph.D. (Home)
Department of Religious Studies
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 445-4774


Academic Training:

Bachelor of Arts, Gardner-Webb University, 1980
Master of Divinity, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
Doctor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1990

Research Interests:

Fred Glennon's field of teaching and research is in the areas of Religion, Social Ethics, and Society.  In terms of Religion and Ethics, he has co-authored the book, Introduction to the Study or Religion (Orbis Books, 2012), now in its second edition.  In addition, he highlights the interrelationship between religious faith and ethics in his essay, “Has the ‘End of Faith’ Come for 21st Century Ethics?  H. Richard Niebuhr’s Challenge,” (Perspectives in Religious Studies 40/3 (Fall 2013):  87-102).  He is currently working on a textbook in Christian social ethics, Models, Cases, and Controversies in Christian Social Ethics (Orbis Books), which lays out key traditions in Christian ethics and then analyses ethical issues associated with sexuality, criminal justice, the environment, etc., from those traditions. 

He also researches the interrelationship between religious ethics and public policies, particularly welfare, poverty, and labor market policy.  His most recent co-authored work in this area, “The Religious Ethics of Labor,” was published in the Journal of Religious Ethics (June 2017).  His publications also include, “Just-War or Justice?  Reflections on Getting into and out of the Iraq War,” (essay written for the journal, Motives (online journal of Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Spring 2009):  23-27;  “Catholics and the Welfare State: How the Preferential Option for the Poor Relates to Preferences for Government Policy," with Matthew Loveland and Frank Ridzi, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 5/1 (Winter 2008):  45-6; and "Desperate Exchanges: Secondary Work, Justice, and Public Policy," (Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, 1992). Finally, he has interest in the relationship between religion, ethics, and culture evidence in his essay, "Baseball's Surprising Moral Example: Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, and the Racial Integration of America," in The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball and Religion in American Culture (Westminster/John Knox Press).

As a Carnegie National Scholar (2001-2002), Fred also engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning, in which the classroom setting becomes a locus of sustained scholarly focus. The result of that project was the publication, "Experiential Learning and Social Justice Action: An Experiment in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," in Teaching Theology and Religion (February 2004), which continues to be cited by other scholars in the field. He has also explored the role of service learning in the religious studies classroom, "Service Learning and the Dilemma of Religious Studies: Descriptive or Normative?" in the AAHE series on service learning in the disciplines, From Cloister to Commons: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Religious Studies (2002).  He has developed an approach to teaching called "the learning covenant." He discusses developments in this approach at length in his paper, "Promoting Freedom, Responsibility, and Learning in a General Education Religious Studies Course:  The Learning Covenant a Decade Later," Teaching Theology and Religion 11/1 (February 2008):  32–41.  He has explored the ethical issues associated with outcomes assessment in his paper, "Assessment for the Right Reason: The Ethics of Outcomes Assessment," published in, Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 1999): 14-25. Most recently he has been editor and contributor to Spotlight on Teaching (2013-2017), an online journal that highlights pedagogical issues and approaches in the religious studies classroom.

For a more complete listing of his background, experience, and research interests, see his Teaching Portfolio and Curriculum Vita. 

Personal Information:

Fred Glennon is married to Lindy Bradley Glennon. She is Executive Director of CAPCO, a community action agency located in Cortland, New York. Aside from her busy role at the agency, she is former President of the Family Development Association of New York (FDANY), member of the Board for NYSCAA, and she assisted Cornell University in the development of a Family Development credentialing program which has been adopted by the state of New York. Lindy and Fred have one child, Michael.




This page was last updated on 7.21.2017