Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz currently holds the Margaret and Thomas Murray and James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. This chair became fully endowed in 2001. After receiving both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology, from 1991 to 2001 Dr. Gaillardetz taught as an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston, Texas. He has published numerous articles and authored seven books while co-editing an eighth. Dr. Gaillardetz was a Catholic delegate on the U.S. CatholicóMethodist dialogue, 2000-2005. He was recently elected (2006-8) to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is a past recipient of the Sophia Award (2000), offered annually by the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. in recognition of a theologianís contributions to the life of the church. He has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for articles he has written and is a popular speaker at theological and pastoral conferences. He is married to Diana Gaillardetz and they are the parents of four young boys: David, Andrew, Brian and Gregory.