Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

IPS Congratulates Dr. David Dault on New Position as The Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality


Dear IPS Community,

This fall, Dr. David Dault will begin his new position as Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at the IPS! He brings an impressive range of experience and passion along with a vision of how Ignatian Spirituality should suffuse all that we do at the IPS.

Dr. Dault earned his PhD in Theology at Vanderbilt University, has book-s under contract with Yale Univ. Press and Fortress Press to go along with two peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters. He also has many popular-oriented publications, including magazine and newspaper articles, and is unique in his multi-media expertise. Dr. Dault has been involved in print, radio/tv/film, and podcasting, including as a producer for several local documentaries. Notably, he was an executive producer for the documentary “Selma at 50: Still Marching,” which was nominated for an Emmy at the 2016 Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He currently also hosts two podcasts, The Francis Effect and Things Not Seen, both now distributed nationally through the Public Radio Exchange.

Dr. Dault has taught a range of courses at the graduate level, including courses in Scripture and Christian Spirituality at the IPS. Student course evaluations for his courses are consistently very high, qualitatively and quantitatively. Dr. Dault has experience in a range of pastoral contexts, for example, serving as a pastor for 6 years at Central Presbyterian Church in Culleoka, Tennessee (2002-08). He is a member of a number of professional societies, such as Spiritual Directors International, and serves on three important boards in Chicago (including the Chicago Bible Society and the OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership). He recently joined the advisory board of the Zeitgeist Center for Spiritual Direction (based in Atlanta). From this inadequate summary, it is clear that Dr. Dault brings a novel and expansive sensibility that connects academics with pastoral ministry and the world of media. I, for one, cannot wait to see what he does next!
With Dr. Dault we have now set in place a path forward that will allow the IPS to focus efforts on strengthening the Ignatian charism of the IPS and its degrees and certificates in Christian spirituality. We’ll work together to sustain and build up further the spiritual practitioners that teach consistently as adjuncts and to find ways to infuse more deeply and thoroughly Ignatian impulses throughout the degrees, certificates, and continuing education programs at the IPS.

Congratulations, Dr. Dault!