Paul F. Aspan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Specialization: New Testament
Office: Bellarmine 106
Phone: 610-660-1865


  • B.A., 1974, University of Notre Dame
  • M. A., 1976, Yale Divinity School
  • M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1990, Vanderbilt University

Professional Experience

Saint Joseph's University: Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Instructor, 1987-Present;

Saint Joseph's University: Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Support, 2014-2018; Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for Humanities, 2009-2014; Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, 1996-2005; Director, The Teaching Institute, 2004-2009.

University of Notre Dame: Visiting Instructor of Theology, 1985-1987. 

Courses Taught

New Testament

Letters of Paul

Synoptic Gospels

Religious Visions in Literature and Film

Religion, Violence and Terrorism

Religious Autobiographies

Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition


  • “After the Facts: Active Learning Pedagogies and Alternative Student Evaluation in the Undergraduate Biblical Studies Classroom,” Journal of Teaching Theology and Religion, 3/3 (2000): 133-151.
  • “The Marginal Fool: The Role of Theology in Jesuit Higher Education” in Martin Tripole, S. J., ed, Jesuit Education 21: Conference Proceedings on the Future of Jesuit Higher Education (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2000): 161-165.
  • “Eyes on Ethics.” Review Article of four books in America, 180/17 (May 15, 1999): 25-27.

Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: Religiously Oriented Violence and Terrorism, Fundamentalism, New Testament, Academic Freedom in Catholic Universities, Innovative Teaching Methods