James F. Caccamo

Department of Theology and Religious Studies • Saint Joseph’s University
5600 City Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19131

610.660.1872 / jcaccamo@sju.edu

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Loyola University Chicago, 2004 – Ph.D. in Theology, specialty in Christian Social Ethics
    Dissertation: “The Responsorial Self: Christian Ethics & Ritual Song”
    Comprehensive examinations completed in Fundamental Ethics,
    Social Ethics, and Systematic Theology

Loyola University Chicago, 1998 – Certificate in Theological Pedagogy

Loyola University Chicago, 1995 – M.A. in Theology
    Thesis: “Eliphaz as Visionary: Characterization in Job 4:12-21”

Grinnell College (Iowa), 1990 – B.A. in English Literature

Academic Appointments

Saint Joseph’s University Department of Theology and Religious Studies
    Associate Professor, Spring 2010-Present
    Assistant Professor, Fall 2004-Spring 2010
    Teaching undergraduate courses in Christian ethics, Catholic social teaching,
    and ethics of media and technology.

Institute of Pastoral Studies (Chicago)
    Instructor, Department of Religious Studies – Spring 2004

DePaul University
    Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies – 2003-2004

Loyola University Chicago
    Instructor, Departments of Theology and Communication – 2001
    Instructor, Department of Theology – 1998-1999

Related Professional Experience

Freelance Website Designer and Programmer – 1997-2002
    Designed and programmed class homepages, departmental and
    college websites, and alumni sites for national universities.

Loyola University Center for Instructional Design – 1991-1992, and 1996
    Wrote and produced instructional video programs. Designed and
    programmed instructional software for college students.

Design Access, Inc. • Instructional Designer and Programmer – Fall 1992-Spring 1995
    Designed and programmed educational, instructional, and
    information-resource computer software for Fortune 500 companies.

Loyola University Campus Ministry • Choir Director – Fall 1992-Spring 1993
    Planned music, directed choir, instructed choir members.

Grants, Fellowships, Awards, and Academic Honors

Louisville Institute
    Sabbatical Grant for Scholars – 2011-2012

Saint Joseph’s University
    Summer Research Grant – 2012, 2007
    University Mission Grant – 2011-2012
    Sabbatical – Fall 2011
    Curriculum Development Grant – Summer 2010
    College of Arts and Sciences Advising Award – 2008-2009
    Contemporary Pedagogy and the Ignatian Tradition – Summer 2009

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship • Funded Research, Principle Investigator – 2003-2009
    Seven year, $180,000 project to develop Living Worship publication.
    Co-authored with Dr. Todd Johnson and Dr. Lester Ruth

Calvin College • Summer Research Seminar in Christian Scholarship, Fellow – 2002
    The Arts, Aesthetic Theory, & the Practice of
    Christian Worship, directed by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff

Loyola University Chicago
    President’s Medallion for outstanding scholarship, leadership, & service – 2004
    Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship – 2001-2002
    Loyola University Teaching Fellowship – 1998-1999
    Graduate Assistantship, Theology Department – 1995-1997, 1990-1992å
    Alpha Sigma Nu – Jesuit School Honor Society, Inducted 1992

Grinnell College
    Trustee Honor Scholarship – 1986-1990

Scholarly Publications

Let Me Put It Another Way: Communication Technology and the Shape of the Liturgy.” Liturgy 28, no. 3 (April 2013); 7-16. DOI:10.1080/0458063X.2013.774881. (To download a free copy of the article, click: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WwcewX9qcWT6Vaf4tdU3/full )

“You Are What You Tweet: Technology and Religious Ethics In An Age of Gadgets.” In Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, 65-87. Edited by Paul O. Myhre. St. Mary, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013.

“Rewiring Virtue: The Christian Moral Life at the Dawn of a New Era.” In Children of a Better God: Technology and the Next Humanity, 11-51. Edited by Darlene Fozard Weaver and Anthony DiBonis. Proceedings of the Villanova University Theology Institute, v. 40. Villanova, PA: Villanova U. Press, 2013.

“Review of: Ritual, Media, and Conflict.” Edited by Ronald Grimes, Ute Hüsken, Udo Simon, & Eric Venbrux. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 80, no. 4 (December 2012); 1116-1119. DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfs069.

With Todd E. Johnson and Lester Ruth. Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2011. Two disc, multimedia educational software program for teaching worship in seminary/M.Div. setting. Disc 1, Living Worship in Theory and Practice, is a cross-platform interactive case study of the worship life of a congregation. Disc 2, Speaking of Worship, is a dvd volume interviews with leading worship scholars.

The Ethics of Branding in the Age of Ubiquitous Media: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching.” Journal of Business Ethics, 90 (2009): 301-313. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-010-0423-3. (A PDF version of the text—without the published pagination—can be found here.)

The Message on the Media: Seventy Years of Catholic Social Teaching on Social Communication.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 15, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2008): 390-426.

The Listener As Musician: The Importance of the Audience in the Moral Power of Music.” In God’s Grandeur: The Arts and Imagination in Theology, ed. David C. Robinson, 59-79. College Theology Society Annual Volume, vol. 52. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.

Been There, Sung That: How the Music of Worship Shapes People of God.” Liturgy 22, no. 1 (December 2006): 47-54.

Technical Director and Interface Designer for Martin K. Foys. The Digital Facsimile of the Bayeux Tapestry. Educational software. London: Scholarly Digital Editions/Boydell and Brewer, 2002.

With Trevor G. H. Bechtel. “The Crucified Christ and Cruciform Quilts: The Visual Arts and Meaning in Christian Worship and Daily Life.” Proceedings of the 1999 National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, 278-287.


With David Matzko McCarthy. Special issue of the Journal of Moral Theology on Technology Ethics. Summer 2015. In development.

With Christian Scharen. Special issue of Liturgy on Eschatology and Ethics. Liturgy 22, no. 1 (Dec. 2006).

Scholarly Presentations

With Patricia Jimémez, “Hispanic Ministry, New Media, and Technology.” To be presented at the National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry, Los Angeles, California, June 23-25, 2014.

“The Pope Tweets: The Ethical Interplay of Our Liturgical and Digital Lives.” Panel Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. Seattle, Washington, Jan. 11, 2014.

“Hear What I Say, Not What I Do? Material Practice and Social Context as Central Factors in the Consequences of Communication.” To be presented at the 2013 Theology and Communications: in Dialogue conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Council on Social Communications in co-operation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Santa Clara, CA. June 24, 2013.

“Mediating God in a New Media World.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America. St. Louis, Missouri. June 8, 2012.

“The Christian Life In An Age of Gadgets.” Contemporary Catholic Trends lecture series. LeMoyne University, Syracuse, NY, March 20, 2012.

“Rewiring Virtue: The Christian Moral Life at the Dawn of a New Era.” Keynote speaker at Villanova University’s “Children of a Better God: Technology and the Next Humanity” Conference. PA, April 4, 2011.

With Todd E. Johnson. “Teaching Worship Planning: Content and Context” and “Speaking of Worship: Creating Helpful Discussions about Worship.” Presented at the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship’s annual “Calvin Symposium on Worship.” Grand Rapids. January 27 & 28, 2011.

“Making Virtue Out of New Necessities: Internet Technologies and the Future of the Christian Moral Life.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. San Jose, Jan. 8, 2010.

“Minding the Mad Men: The Ethics of Branding from the Catholic Perspective.” Saint Joseph’s University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Colloquium Series. October 29, 2009.

“Ministry 2.0: New Media and the Challenges of Communications Ministry.” Presented at the Concilium Annual International Conference. Chicago, June 12, 2009.

“Catholic Social Teaching and Brand-based Marketing.” Presented at the 15th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics. New York, October 24, 2008.

“The Reality of the Virtual: The Internet and the Practice of Christian Virtue in the 21st Century.” Presented at the New Wine, New Wineskins Annual Conference. Notre Dame, August 1, 2008.

“Teachings Too Important Not to Teach: Catholic Social Teaching on Social Communications. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2008. Atlanta, January 4, 2008.

“Listener as Musician: The Primacy of the Audience in the Moral Power of Art.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the College Theology Society. Denver, June 2, 2006.

“Necessary, yes. But sufficient? Spirituality, Individualism, and Pedagogy for Social Justice.” Presented at Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College’s “Spirituality, Justice, and Pedagogy” Conference. Grand Rapids, September 23, 2005.

“Were you there when they . . . ? Liturgy, Participant Observation, and Interactive Video.” St. Joseph’s University Theology Department Faculty Colloquium. March 1, 2005.

“A Liturgical ‘Naturalistic Fallacy’: An Examination of the Normative Theological and Methodological Claims in Graham Hughes’s Worship as Meaning.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy. Louisville, January 8, 2005.

“Practice, Identity, and Liturgical Formation.” A Response to Steven Wilson’s “Liturgy and Ethics: Some New(er) Beginnings.” Presented at the New Wine, New Wineskins Annual Conference. Notre Dame, July 31, 2004.

“Golden Apple or Forbidden Fruit? Using Multimedia and Video in Studying and Teaching Ritual.” Panelist, presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religions, 2003. Atlanta, November 22, 2003.

“Mine the Gap: A Case Study in Learning by Working the Spaces Between Disciplines.” Invited speaker for the 2003 Marquette University/Loyola University Chicago Theology Graduate Programs Conference. Milwaukee, February 1, 2003.

“Sacrament as a Condition for the Possibility of a Christian Moral Life: Liturgy and Ethics in the Theology of Karl Rahner.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2003. Pittsburgh, January 2003.

“Symbol, Sacrament, or Self-Disposal? An Analysis of Current Models of Liturgy and Ethics.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2003. Pittsburgh, January 2003.

“Is it the Form or the Substance? Moving Toward a Theory of the Mediation of Religion in Cyberspace.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religions, 2002. Toronto, November 25, 2002.

“The Responsorial Self: Christian Ethics & Ritual Song.” Invited speaker for the 2002 Loyola University Chicago Schmidt Dissertation Fellowship Awards Reception. Chicago, April 22, 2002.

“A Kitchen for the Leaven of the World: Roman Catholic Liturgical Song and the Moral Life.” Presented at the “Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape” Conference, 2002. University of St. Thomas, Houston, April 19, 2002.

“Thinking About the Box: The Relationship Between Values & Professional Standards.” Invited speaker for 2001 Ethics Luncheon of the Chicago Association of Insurance Women and the Chicago Chapter of The Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society. Chicago, March 16, 2001.

“A Body Not Touched: The Language of Liturgy and the Phenomenology of Embodiment in Feminist Liturgical Theology.” A Response to M. Therese Lysaught’s, “Liturgical Embodiment and Feminist Ethics.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the College Theology Society. Villanova University, Pennsylvania, June 3, 2000.

With Trevor G. H. Bechtel. “The Crucified Christ and Cruciform Quilts: The Visual Arts and Meaning in Christian Worship and Daily Life.” Presented at the School of the Visual Arts’ National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. New York, Oct. 22, 1999.

“Symbols of Faith: The Theological Voice of Contemporary American Roman Catholic Liturgical Music.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the College Theology Society. St. Louis, May 23, 1998.

“Would You Trade Your Funk for What’s Behind Door Number Three? Otherness, Inculturation, and Conversion in the Music of Parliament.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religions Midwest Region. Chicago, March 21, 1998.

With Martin K. Foys and Trevor G. H. Bechtel. “Computer-Based Approaches to the Instruction and Experience of Art.” Presented at the School of the Visual Arts’ National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. New York, October 17, 1996.

With Martin K. Foys. “The Digital Facsimile of the Bayeux Tapestry.” Presented at the “Digital Resources for the Humanities” Conference. Oxford, England, July 2, 1996.

Popular and Service Publications

Contributor to Internet and Mobile Safety: A Guide for Parents Through the Eyes of Faith, a joint publication of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Print version forthcoming. Interactive version online at http://www.faithandsafety.com.

Apple Avoids ‘Nike Moment’ Despite Asian Sweatshops.” National Catholic Reporter, vol. 48, 13 (April 13-26, 2012): 18-19.

Guest Columns at CatholicMoralTheology.com. “Silence and Word” (May 20, 2012), “Who Pays the Cost of Shipping?” (April 6, 2012), and “The Moral Fury Over Regulating the Internet” (January 23, 2012).

“A Time to Pull Down and A Time to Build Up: Collaboration as a Central Teaching Resource in the First Year.” Written for the St. Joseph’s University Teaching Institute, included in a resource for first-year teachers at St. Joseph’s University. August, 2005.

“Strength in Song.” Prism: The Magazine of Evangelicals for Social Action 10, 6 (Nov/Dec 2003): 12-13, 16.

“Plays Well With Others: Does Doctoral Training Prepare Us for Interdisciplinary Collaboration?” Religious Studies News 16, no. 3 (Fall, 2001): 18.
“Peace Activists Focus on Education.” The Catholic Key, 15 July 1990, 9.

“Dialogue Seeks to Increase Media Coverage of Religion.” The Catholic Key, 1 July 1990, 16.

Popular and Service Presentations

“Student Engagement and Learning Communities.” Panel presentation for SJU Teaching and Learning Forum, June 7, 2013.

“Catholicism Speaks the Language of Culture.” Presentation at “Why Vatican II Matters.” Saint Joseph’s University, October 25, 2012.

“Rewiring Virtue: The Challenge of Mindful Gadgetry.” Presentation for Celebration of Faculty Scholarship. Saint Joseph’s University, October 10, 2012.

“Catholic Social Teaching on the Environment.” Panel presentation for discussion following screening of Sun Come Up. Saint Joseph’s University, October 3, 2012.

“21st Century Christianity: Technology in the Life of Faith and Justice,” Presentation for the SJUPrays series. Saint Joseph’s University, March 23, 2011.

“Liberation Theology and the Civil War in El Salvador.” Presentation to the Students for Worker’s Rights in preparation for their trip to the WHINSEC (School of the Americas) protest/teach-in. Saint Joseph’s University, November 10, 2010. Also presented to students preparing for service trip to El Salvador on February 27, 2011.

“Fair Trade as a Practice of Creation.” Panel presentation to the Students for Worker’s Rights’ Poverty Week event. Saint Joseph’s University, March 22, 2010.

“Ignatian Nation: Conversation on Catholicism and Civic Engagement.” Discussion with students about Catholic political engagement following the 2008 election. Ignatian Week event sponsored by the Office of Mission. November 6, 2008.

Ecclesia Virtualis: Catholics In the Blogosphere.” Response to presentations by authors of three Catholic blogs in the first scholarly colloquium dedicated to investigating the phenomenon of blogging within the American Catholic Church. Saint Joseph’s University, March 20, 2007.

“Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism: Proactive Approaches.” Panel presenter for a lunchtime session sponsored by The Teaching Institute, The Haub School of Business Teaching Forum, and The Writing Centered Course Program. Saint Joseph’s University, February 9, 2006.

“This Old Church: Learning about Liturgy with a Digitized Church.” Software research presented in “poster session” at the Saint Joseph’s University Information Tech. Open House. May 5, 2005.

“What it Means to ‘Vote Catholic.’” Presentation and discussion with Saint Joseph’s University students on Catholic Social Teaching and the 2004 elections. Lancaster Court Dormitory. October 25, 2004.

“Singing of Glory, Singing of Getting There: The Theologies of Contemporary Catholic Liturgical Music and Chicago School Gospel.” Guest Lecturer at Martin D’Arcy Museum Art. Chicago, April 15, 1998.

Media Appearances

Interviews with Jim Caccamo about technology and ethics have appeared in/on National Public Radio, USA Today, the Associated Press, WPVI/6ABC (Philadelphia), KYW/3CBS Radio and Television (Philadelphia), the Philadelphia Inquirer, DelawareOnline.com, the Providence Journal (Providence, RI), and CBC-Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

Consulting in Areas of Scholarship

Cengage Learning – Member, Applied Ethics Technology Advisory Board – 2011-2012
Digital Mappamundi Project – Consultant for NIH-funded, multi-disciplinary digital project run out of Drew University – 2009
Thompson•Gale Publishing – Consultant for their Religion Toolkit Product – 2008
Anselm Academic Publications – Consultant for their ProfessorsChoice Product – 2008

Research Interests

Ethical of computing and information technology
Ethics of Media
Liturgy, ritual, and moral formation
Christian ethics and social sciences

Teaching Competence

Faith, Justice, and the Catholic Tradition
Introduction to Christian Social Ethics
Catholic Social Teaching
Technology Ethics
Christianity and Media
Liturgy and Ethics
Food and Christian Ethics
Introduction to the Study of Religion

Professional Honors, Prizes, and Awards

“Silver Apple” Award, National Educational Film and Video Association – 1993
Awarded to production team for Mothers with Disabilities Video Program, Instructional and Graphic Designer

Blue Ribbon Award, American Film and Video Association – 1993
Awarded to production team for Mothers with Disabilities Video Program, Instructional and Graphic Designer

“Telly” Award, National Non-Broadcast Video & Film Production Association – 1993
Awarded to production team for Moving On Video Program, Graphic Designer

“Gold Philo” Award, International Television Association – 1991
Awarded to production team for Barbara Kasten: The Making of an Image Video, Graphic Designer

Steiner Memorial Awards for Excellence in musical composition, Grinnell College – 1989 and 1990

Community Service and Professional Society Affiliation

Saint Joseph’s University:

  • Assessment Committee, General Education Program (2013-2014)
  • Sub-Committee on Faculty, Middle States Association Accreditation Self-Study Team (2012-2013)
  • Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (2009-2013)
  • Sub-Committee on Master’s Degree Program, Department of Theology and Religious Studies (2010-2012)
  • Coordinator, Self-Study and External Review, Department of Theology and Religious Studies (2010-2011)
  • Communication Studies Minor Advisory Committee (2009-2011 )
  • Library Advisory Committee (2008-2011)
  • iSJU Faculty Presenter (Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010)
  • Theology Department Sub-Committee on Revision of the Major (2008-2009)
  • Alternate Universes student organization, Faculty Advisor (2006-present)
  • Theology Department Sub-Committee on Tenure & Promotion Expectations (2007-2008)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics Intensive Courses, CEP Revision Process (Fall 2007)
  • Department Scribe/Secretary (2006-2007)
  • Working Group on the Commission on the Status of Women (2006 )
  • Luminos Web Portal Development Group (2006 )
  • Search Committee, Campus Liturgist/Music Director (2006)
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Explore Creating an Academic Integrity Commission (2005)
  • Chair, Sub-committee on Student-Athlete Welfare, NCAA Self-Study and Recertification Team (2005-2006)

Loyola University Chicago:
  • Hiring Committee, Vice President of Research Services/Dean of the Graduate School (2001)
  • Council of Graduate School Programs (2000-2001)
  • “Loyola 2000” University Task Force on Academic Restructuring (1999)
  • Vice President, Graduate Student Coalition (1998-1999)
  • Officer, Theology Graduate Student Caucus (1996-2000)
  • Theology Department Student Liaison to American Academy of Religions (1995-1998)

Professional Society and Group Affiliation:
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Founding Convener, Technology Ethics Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • North American Academy of Liturgy
  • Chicago Area Group for the Study of Religious Communities (2000-2004)
  • Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Consultation on Worship and Technology (2002)
  • Loyola Center for the Advanced Study of Christianity and Culture (1998-2001)

External Service:
  • Acquisition Advisor, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Library (Summer, 2006)
  • Website and Promotions Committee, North American Academy of Liturgy (2005)
  • Docent, Martin D’Arcy Museum of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Art, Loyola University Chicago (1999-2004)
  • Pastoral Council Member, Saint Ignatius Catholic Church (1999-2002)