James F. Caccamo, Ph.D.
James F. Caccamo (Jim) is Associate Professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he teaches Christian social ethics. Former choir director and computer programmer, Jim’s work focuses on the implications of technology and media on spiritual and moral practices. He received his doctorate in Theology in 2004, where he wrote his dissertation (The Responsorial Self: Christian Ethics and Ritual Song) on the role of communication in the form of worship music on moral formation.
His current work focuses on the ethics of information and communication technologies. At present, he is working on the book Rewiring Virtue, a virtue ethics technology use. Along the way, he will be blogging on ethical issues in ITCs at RewiringVirtue.com. His work has appeared in Journal of Business Ethics, Liturgy, Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, The National Catholic Reporter, CatholicMoralTheology.com, and God's Grandeur: The Arts and Imagination in Theology. He has also published Living Worship (Brazos Press, 2011), an interactive, multimedia application for teaching liturgy in seminary settings. He is the founder of the Society of Christian Ethics’ Technology Ethics Interest Group, a contributor to Internet and Mobile Safety: A Guide for Parents Through the Eyes of Faith (a joint publication of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America), and a part of the Theology and Communications: In Dialogue project, an ongoing scholarly forum sponsored by the Pontifical Council on Social Communications in co-operation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. With David Matzko McCarthy, he recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Moral Theology on Technology Ethics.
Interviews with Jim about technology and ethics have appeared in/on National Public Radio, USA Today, the Associated Press, WPVI/6ABC (Philadelphia), KYW/3CBS radio and television (Philadelphia), the Philadelphia Inquirer, DelawareOnline.com, the Providence Journal (Providence, RI), and CBC-Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
- B.A., 1990, Grinnell College
- M.A., 1995, Loyola University Chicago
- PhD, 2004, Loyola University Chicago
- Department Chair, 2014-present
- Associate Professor, SJU - 2004-present
- Founding Convener, Technology Ethics Interest Group of the Society of Christian Ethics
- Lecturer, DePaul University, Department of Religious Studies – 2003-2004
- Freelance Website Designer and Programmer – 1997-2002
- Instructional Designer and Programmer, Design Access Inc. – 1992-1995
- Choir Director – Loyola University Chicago, 1992-1993
- THE 154: Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition
- THE 261: Christian Social Ethics
- THE 361: Catholic Social Teaching
- THE 371: Christianity and Media
- THE 372 Technology Ethics
• “What’s in a Tech? Factors in Evaluating the Morality of Our Information and Communication Practices.” Journal of Moral Theology 4, no. 1 (2015); 151-180.
• “Let Me Put It Another Way: Communication Technology and the Shape of the Liturgy.” Liturgy 28, no. 3 (April 2013): 7-16.
• “You Are What You Tweet: Technology and Religious Ethics In An Age of Gadgets.” In Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Paul O. Myhre, 65-87. St. Mary, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013.
• With Todd E. Johnson and Lester Ruth. Living Worship. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2011. Two disc, multimedia educational software program for teaching worship in seminary/M.Div. setting. Disc 1, Living Worship in Theory and Practice, is a cross-platform interactive case study of the worship life of a congregation. Disc 2, Speaking of Worship, is a dvd volume interviews with leading worship scholars.
• “The Ethics of Branding in the Age of Ubiquitous Media: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching.” Journal of Business Ethics, 90 (2009): 301-313.
• “The Message on the Media: Seventy Years of Catholic Social Teaching on Social Communication.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 15, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2008): 390-426.
Grants and Awards
• Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Scholars – 2011-2012
Ethical use of computing and information technology; Ethics of Media; Liturgy, ritual, and moral formation; Christian ethics and social sciences.
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Faculty Expert Profile
Expertise: Ethics of Media, Computing and Telecommunications Technology