Since Nicholas Rademacher, PhD, associate professor of religious studies, began teaching at Cabrini College in 2007, he has encouraged students to become engaged learners through mindful reading of course texts, interfaith dialogue, and campus-community collaboration.
He teaches religious studies courses including Faith and Justice, Catholic Social Thought and Practice, Introduction to the Christian Tradition, and Catholic Church in America.
Rademacher also serves as coordinator of the Social Justice Minor, which is a program designed to help students explore themes and practices of social justice from an interdisciplinary and interfaith perspective.
He teaches several courses relating to the minor, including Social Justice in Theory and Action and Social Justice in the Field.
He has served on a number of teams dedicated to mission and identity at Cabrini. Currently, Rademacher serves on the Mission Advisory Council to foster mission integration at the College.
He leads seminars and workshops on Catholic Social Teaching for students, faculty, staff, and has presented on the subject to the Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet.
“I feel blessed to participate in promoting the mission of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, a woman of vision, justice, and solidarity in the 20th century,” Rademacher says.
Rademacher notes a common theme at Cabrini: collaboration among students, faculty across disciplines, and different Cabrinian ministries, including the Cabrini Mission Corps and Cabrini Immigrant Services.
“Community collaboration and interfaith dialogue are central to my teaching and scholarship,” he says.
In his courses, Rademacher and his students collaborate with community partners, including the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) of Norristown and the Norristown Community House.
Students and members of the organizations participate in discussions and activities around faith, justice, and the common good.
In 2012, this collaboration was awarded the “Recovery and Resiliency Award” from the Montgomery County Department of Health.
Rademacher’s students also participate in the Catholic Relief Services Global Solidarity Network to explore humanitarian responses to human trafficking, migration, refugee crises, gender, violence, and peacebuilding. In 2007, Rademacher worked with Darryl Mace, Ph.D. (History), and Nancy Watterson, Ph.D. (Social Justice), to develop the Voices of Justice Living and Learning Community, a first-year experience designed to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience to engage students in dialogue-across-difference and to promote civic engagement.
The trio also co-authors and co-presents on civic engagement and engaged pedagogy. Currently, Rademacher is co-editing a forthcoming volume from Orbis Press, “A Realist’s Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph A. Komonchak” and an article, “Religious Diversity, Civic Engagement and Community-Engaged Pedagogy: Forging Bonds of Solidarity through Interfaith Dialogue.”
He presents widely across the United States on Catholic social thought and practice, interfaith dialogue, and educating for peace and justice, among other topics.
Rademacher’s research interests include American Catholic studies, focusing on the relationship between the church and the world.
He explores the development and diversity of radical Catholic movements in North America, and the intersections and divergences among attempts to develop a counter-cultural vision of peace and justice rooted in the Gospel and interfaith collaboration.
Rademacher earned master’s and doctorate degrees in religion and culture from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Contact Information Nicholas Rademacher, PhD Associate Professor of Religious Studies Grace Hall, Room 252 610-902-8419 firstname.lastname@example.org