Faculty & Staff
Brian Schmisek, PhD
Brian Schmisek is Professor and Dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, having joined the faculty in 2012. Under his leadership IPS became an Associate Member of ATS (Association of Theological Schools) and is preparing to become a Full Member. Student services became a top priority reflected in staffing positions, increased retention and degree completion rates, and the creation of a Student Engagement Committee. IPS began offering summer courses at Loyola's JFRC (Rome campus) and expanded its degree and certificate offerings as well as its continuing education programs.
Prior to his time at Loyola, Dr. Schmisek was the Founding Dean of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. The School of Ministry grew to include graduate programs, undergraduate programs, continuing education, and launched a nationally recognized annual ministry conference that still draws over 5000 participants each year.
Dr. Schmisek earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America. He holds an M.A (Classics) from The University of Mississippi and an M.A. (Theology) from The Catholic University of America. His B.A. is from North Dakota State University.
A North Dakota native, Dr. Schmisek publishes books, articles, and adult education materials accessible to an educated lay audience and rooted in solid scholarship. His interests are in bridging the gap between academy and pew.
- The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.: PhD, Biblical Studies
- The University of Mississippi, University, MS: MA, Classics
- The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.: MA, Theology
- New Testament; Rome and Early Christianity
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Catholic Bible Association
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Chicago Society of Biblical Research
- The Rome of Peter and Paul: A Pilgrim’s Guide to New Testament Sites in the Eternal City. Pickwick. 2017.
- El Programa de la Escuela Bíblica Católica: Fundamentos Del Antiguo Testamento: De Génesis a 2 Reyes. Paulist Press. 2016.
- A Greek Reader for Chase & Phillips. Wipf & Stock. 2016.
- Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed. ACTA. 2016.
- Resurrection of the Flesh or Resurrection from the Dead: Implications for Theology. Liturgical Press. 2013
- The Apostles’ Creed: Articles of Faith for the Twenty-First Century. NCEA. 2008
- Living Liturgy™: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities, Year B (2018). Liturgical Press. 2017
- Living Liturgy™ for Music Ministers: Year B (2018). Liturgical Press. 2017.
- Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Year B (2018). Liturgical Press. 2017.
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old and New Testaments Concluded: The Word in the Hellenistic World Teacher Guidebook Paulist Press, 2010
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old and New Testaments Concluded: The Word in the Hellenistic World Student Workbook Paulist Press, 2010
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old Testament Continued: Exile and Restoration Teacher Guidebook Paulist Press. 2009
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old Testament Continued: Exile and Restoration Student Workbook Paulist Press. 2009
- Catholic Bible Study Program: New Testament Foundations Teacher Guidebook Paulist Press. 2008
- Catholic Bible Study Program: New Testament Foundations Student Workbook Paulist Press. 2008
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old Testament Foundations Teacher Guidebook Paulist Press. 2007
- Catholic Bible Study Program: Old Testament Foundations Student Workbook Paulist Press. 2007
- “The ‘Spiritual Body’ as Oxymoron in 1 Corinthians 15:44” Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture 45:4 (2015) 230-238
- "The Body of His Glory: Resurrection Imagery in Philippians 3:20–21" Biblical Theology Bulletin 43:1 (2013) 23–28
- "Paul's Vision of the Risen Lord" Biblical Theology Bulletin 41:2 (2011) 76–83
- “Augustine’s Use of ‘Spiritual Body’” Augustinian Studies 35 (2004) 237–252
“Professor Schmisek was one of the most enjoyable professors I’ve ever had. He made the material very interesting, and the class discussions were great.”
“Brian is an excellent teacher. I like the way he teaches: very clear. He also brings OT stories to real life. That inspires the learners. He has different activities for the class. Group projects and minor assignments are very helpful.”
“Thanks for this course. It was a core for me, so it was a must-take, AND I am so glad I took it and had you as an instructor. Writing the exegesis was very enlightening and helpful. Now, I know what it means! Thank you.”
“This class was challenging but extremely helpful and fruitful in my understanding of the church. Brian was a great teacher...I appreciated his style of teaching and the different ways he presented material in class. Also, I appreciated the small assignments leading up to our exegesis.”
Comments from Students who took classes in Rome:
“Brian had a lot of information on each of the sights we visited which made every place more enjoyable. I really did learn a lot.”
“Brian is an excellent tour-guide- better than anyone we could have hired! It was amazing.”
“Having Brian available as our guide was like having an ultimate insider's view on who’s who, what’s what and why/how past events affected the situations we see today. He did a fabulous job of getting us where we needed to go to keep the group on schedule and make for a fantastic summer learning experience.”