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Wisnosky, Marc (2015) CONTEMPORARY ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper analyzes and compares the curricula within and across the eight Eastern Orthodox Christian seminaries in the United States of America. This paper aims to address this deficiency in the literature on religious higher education in the United States of America.
This comparison of Orthodox seminary curricula is guided by three questions: 1. What are the curricula in use at the eight Orthodox Christian seminaries in the United States of America? 2. What distinctions or anomalies arise from an analysis of these seminaries’ course descriptions and curricula? 3. How do these curricula achieve the Assembly of Bishops’ goals for unity?
I employed an emergent design methodology to code, analyze, and compare over 400 course descriptions obtained from bulletins and course catalogs of the eight Orthodox Christian seminaries. The course descriptions were compared with other courses of the same institution, other courses offered by comparable institutions, and other courses I designated as similar based upon coding outcomes.
I found that the seminaries exhibited one of two innate foci: Theological orientation or Pastoral orientation. To bolster this hypothesis, I compared the seeming orientations with the schools’ mission statements. I then selected up to eight course syllabi to explore in more depth todetermine whether the course descriptions were accurate reflections of what was taught in the courses.
I surveyed seminary administrators and professors about the Theological or Pastoral orientation of their school, and the preparedness of their seminary’s graduates to fulfill priestly duties. This allowed triangulation of data with the syllabi and course descriptions.
This paper engages the field of comparative and international education, providing a comparative analysis of internationally and ethnically affiliated schools. It aims to explore in more detail the variations in how future religious leaders are educated within one faith group. This paper also explores the international and historic diversity of Orthodox Christian groups in the United States of America. These analyses will enrich the field of religious higher education studies by revealing the inner workings of an entire religious sub-group in the United States of America; a sub-group little studied and little understood.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wisnosky, Marcmaw101@pitt.eduMAW101
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJacob, W. Jameswjacob@pitt.eduWJACOB
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberGarman, Noreenngarman@pitt.eduNGARMAN
Committee MemberBackic-Hayden, Milicamilicabh@pitt.eduMILICABH
Date: 18 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 April 2015
Approval Date: 18 May 2015
Submission Date: 30 March 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 205
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orthodox, Christian, Seminary, Theological School, United States of America, religious eduation, OCA, ROCOR, GOA, ACROD, Ukrainian, Serbian, Jordanville, Johnstown, St. Tikhon's, St. Vladimir's, Holy Cross, Holy Trinity, Libertyville, St. Sava, St. Herman's, Kodiak, St. Sophia, Christ the Saviour, emergent design, comparative education
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 17:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:26


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