Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C.

Associate Professor of Theology

University officers: VP of Student Affairs Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C…Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Department of Theology

Fr. Mark Poorman returned to the Theology Department as associate professor after serving full-time in senior-level administrative positions in Holy Cross institutions, including vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, as well as executive vice president and president at the University of Portland. During his administrative service he continued teaching undergraduate moral theology courses in character formation, virtue ethics, and applied Christian ethics in the areas of sexuality, Catholic health care, and justice issues. He has also served as director of the Master of Divinity program for the Theology Department.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has been a member of numerous governing boards in Catholic higher education and health care institutions. As part of his pastoral service in the Congregation of Holy Cross, he resided in undergraduate residence halls and continues to minister in the residential mission of Holy Cross at Notre Dame.

His academic interests lie in the intersection of moral theology and pastoral practice, with past publications in that theoretical area, as well as the mission of Catholic higher education, models for theological reflection in ministry education, and ethical issues in end-of-life care and decision-making.