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Patricia Ireland is the director of the online theology program and is dean of undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s College. Her “first” love is historical theology, and specifically, Patristics; however, she is a generalist when it comes to teaching and course design. She has taught in every area of theology and has designed academic programs in theology and humanities. She has experience teaching both online and on-site courses. She has written several articles and published two books. One of her lengthiest projects was working on the multi-volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series for several years as a graduate student, where she was able to immerse herself in the world of the Church fathers, of whom St. Augustine has had the most profound impact on her life. 

Ireland’s teaching career has been spent at Dominican College, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and Seton Hall University. She has also worked in parishes and campus ministry, where she served as the coordinator of ministries at the Aquinas Institute of Princeton University for several years. She has been active in pro-life work, especially through New Jersey Right to Life.