Elsie M. Miranda, DMin
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry
Director of Ministerial Formation
Elsie M. Miranda, DMin, is associate professor of Theology at Barry University, where she serves as director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry, as well as director of Ministerial Formation. She is Cuban American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Religion, Boston College where she earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Religious Education, and Barry University where she earned a DMin in Practical Theology.
Miranda began her tenure at Barry University in 1996 as the associate director of Mission and Ministry. Since that time, she has continued to serve the local and national community by promoting the mission and core commitments of the University. In 2006, she joined the Department of Theology and Philosophy as director of Ministerial Formation. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Miranda has served as an elected member of the Ethics Committee, the Faculty Welfare Committee, and the Graduate Council. As associate professor of Practical Theology, her areas of theological interest include inter-culturality and theological formation for ministry; liberating / contextual theologies; queer theology; and the paradigmatic shift that continued social, ecclesial, and political polarities will generate in the next century.
Miranda has contributed to the edited volume Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivuum Press, 2010) and was co-editor and contributor to Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic (Continuum Press, 2009). In her research and teaching, Miranda continues to explore contemporary theological issues in the church and the world.
In recent years, she participated in the Ecumenical and Bilingual Hispanic Summer Program at Mundelein Seminary and presented at the World Council of Churches Consultation on the Future of Theological Education in Europe and Beyond, in Oslo, Norway. In the summer of 2013, Miranda presented at the ACHTUS Conference as a respondent to Nicole Flores: Human Trafficking and Solidarity with Immokalee Farm Workers. She is currently preparing to present and promote dialogue in Santiago de Cuba in the summer of 2014. Miranda has also served on the Association of Theological Schools Committee on the Revision of Standards and on various accrediting teams in the U.S. and abroad.
Miranda is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), a Board member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. (ACHTUS), a member of the International Academy of Practical Theologians (IAPT), the Association of Practical Theology (APT), and the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM).