Elsie M. Miranda, DMin
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Director of Ministerial Formation
Elsie M. Miranda, DMin, is the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS); and is Director of Ministerial Formation and Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University. Dr. Miranda 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. As a Cuban American, Practical Theologian her research interests lie at the intersection of faith, and how socio-culture and socio-political realities impact human formation.
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 academic interests are in the areas of: inter-culturality, Latinx theology and Ministry, liberating / contextual theologies; queer theology; and the paradigmatic shifts that continue to impact the social, ecclesial, and political realities that promote or challenge peace and justice at local and global levels.
Miranda has contributed to the edited volumes Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Convivuum Press, 2016) 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 2016 Dr. Miranda coordinated the first bilingual ACHTUS colloquium in San Juan Puerto Rico; she has served on the coordinating committee for the National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry since 2006; she has taught a Ministerial Formation course in Santiago de Cuba, and in 2014 started the Non-Profit Cuban Evolution Foundation, to support the Catholic Church's efforts to promote human dignity, Christian formation and critical consciousness on the Island. In November of 2016 she will be attending a conference in Munich Germany regarding Strategies for Supporting the Catholic Church in Cuba through Evangelization and Christian Praxis. In recent years, Dr. Miranda has participated in the Ecumenical and Bilingual Hispanic Summer Program at Mundelein Seminary; presented at the World Council of Churches Consultation on the Future of Theological Education in Europe and Beyond, in Oslo, Norway. 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 President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. (ACHTUS), as well as an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), and the Association of Practical Theology (APT). She also serves on the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) research project on Educational Models and Practices, in the Latino Students subcommittee; and also served on the committee for the Revision of Standards 2012 – 2014.