BS, Iowa State University
MA, The Catholic University of America
PhD, Boston College
Dr. Manternach served as a faculty member at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA for 12 years before coming to NMC in August, 2015. After completing sabbatical in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain in 2013, he felt called to do something more in service of students and higher education. At Clarke he held increasing administrative roles serving as the Chair of the Religious Studies Department and also as Chair of the Humanities Division. In higher education his research interests cluster around best practices in pedagogy and design for online teaching. He continues to reflect and research on the central role and importance of work in shaping the spiritual well-being of adults.
While at Clarke, Dean provided initial collaborative support with area health professionals and ministry groups to create the Joy of Caring Ministry Conference, a regional health ministry event. He is a theologian and adult educator by academic preparation and presents regularly to area faith communities on a variety of religious and educational topics.
Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Boards
NETWORK Education Program Board Chair, Washington, DC.
NETWORK is a national Catholic social justice lobby organization in the global movement for justice and peace organization educating, organizing, and lobbying for economic and social transformation.
Religious Education Association: Association of Professors and Practitioners in Religious Education Call for Papers Committee & Religious Education in Public Life and the Global Community Forum.
National Association of Lay Ministry, Partner Certification Review Committee
Dr. Manternach is also a member of the College Theology Society.