M.Div. alum Melissa Bennett was named program coordinator of the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University in October 2013.
Chair, Department of Religious Studies
D.Min., San Francisco Theological Seminary
M.Div., Catholic Theological Union
BA, Bellarmine College, Kentucky
Advanced Exegesis: Studies in Apocalyptic Literature
Applied Ethics & the Pastoral or Spiritual Care Provider
Church History: 1650 A.D. (C.E.) to Modern World Christianity
Death and Dying in World Religions
Gospel of John
Gospel of Mark
Gospel of Matthew
Gospel of Luke & Acts
Liturgies, Rituals, Preaching, Teachings, & Spiritual Practices of Christianity, Judaism, & Islam
Loss, Grief, Death, & Dying: Theologies of Compassion
Pastoral & Spiritual Counseling Strategies
Pastoral & Spiritual Care in Times of Loss, Grief, & Bereavement
Personal Covenant & Orientation
Performance as Proclamation: Arts of Theatre—Tools of Proclamation
Spiritual Direction: Through the Arts of Theatre
Strength for the Journey: Eucharistic Theology
The Passion of Christ
Theological Reflection in Pastoral & Spiritual Care
Dr. Roussell has completed coursework in a graduate Counseling and
Master of Public Administration program. He has developed and managed program curriculum in the certificates and degrees. He worked on and received the accreditation for the Maser of Divinity degree in 2004. He has developed and managed the department budget, recruited, hired, orientated, evaluated, and supported professional development of adjunct faculty members.
As chair, he has facilitated and coordinated a department assessment
program for Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities accreditation in collaboration with department assessment and accreditation committee. He has recruited, enrolled, advised, and taught students including evaluation and critique of Master's Thesis-Projects. He advised and participated with Administration and a Board member in a meeting with Archbishop Vlazny on Catholic Identity and Excorde Ecclesiae. He has collaborated with University Ministry staff, and assisted in Homecoming and Baccalaureate liturgies, and Masses.
While serving as the coordinator and manager of St. Charles Medical Center's hospital pastoral care department, he provided consultation on spiritual issues; Catholic identity, Mission/Philosophy issues to the local Catholic Bishop, hospital board members/administration, medical center personnel, local churches and community. He facilitated pastoral education programs for pastoral health care volunteers, educational programs for clergy/ ministers, participated in staff and community education programs, and served on the Bio-medical Ethics and Hospital Institutional Board Committees.
He assisted in the design of the Loyola Marymount University Master of Religious Education extension program in Bakersfield, California. He taught courses in this graduate program. He has taught courses and given workshops in parishes, taught and acted in drama ministry and performances, and taught in high schools, and a prison.
National Association of Catholic Chaplains: Certified Chaplain
Association of Clinical Pastoral Education: Clinical Member
American Academy of Religion northwest Region: Member
Mandatum, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon (2002)
Dealing with Grief: Theirs and Ours (Alba House)