Barbelin Tower and a flag that reads MAGIS at Saint Joseph's University

The Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair is held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the Arts and Sciences. Established in 1987 through the generosity of lead donors Michael J. Morris ’56, Joseph McKinney ’52 (dec.) and the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s, it is intended to emphasize that the University’s Jesuit identity is inseparable from the finest teaching, scholarship and collegiate discourse. The Chair is named in honor of the University’s 24th president.


Selection Process and Benefits

The MacLean Chair Committee is co-chaired by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the rector of the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s. Together, they oversee a committee of faculty and Jesuits who review applications for the position.

Qualifications required of candidates include:

  • Member of the Society of Jesus
  • Accomplished scholar
  • Qualified to teach
  • Expertise in a subject area that is part of SJU’s curriculum

Benefits of the position include:

  • Salaried compensation
  • Designated office on campus
  • Ample time for research and writing
  • Stipend to support scholarship

Current Chair Holders

Name: Paolo Gamberini, S.J.
Area of Expertise: Systematic Theology (Christology & Doctrine of the Trinity) and Contemporary Theology in dialogue with other faith traditions and religions.
Current Appointment: Cappella Universitaria “La Sapienza”
Term as MacLean Chair: Fall 2022/Spring 2023
Spring 2023 Lecture: April 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm President’s Lounge
Topic: Resurrection Without Miracle. Rethinking Easter in a Post-theistic Paradigm
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Office: 208 Bellarmine Hall

Former Chair Holders:


Fall 1999 Rev. Thomas M. McCoog, S.J. (Archivist of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, History)
Spring 2000 Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (Vatican Observatory, Physics)
Fall 2000 Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J.(Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Theology)
Fall 2000 – Spring 2001 Rev. Jeff Klaiber, S.J. (Catholic University of Peru, History)
Fall 2001 – Spring 2003 Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J. (Saint Peter’s College, English)
Fall 2003 Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J. (University of Central America, Theology)
Spring 2004 Rev. Rob Faesen, S.J. (University of Leuven, Theology)
Fall 2004 – Spring 2005 Rev. Alvaro Ribeiro, S.J. (Georgetown University, English)
Fall 2005 Rev. G. Ronald Murphy, S.J. (Georgetown University, German)
Spring 2006 Rev. Stephen Rowntree, S.J. (Loyola University, New Orleans, Philosophy)
Fall 2006 Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J. (Georgetown University, Theology)
Spring 2007 Rev. Raymond A. Bucko, S.J. (Creighton University, Sociology)
Fall 2007 Rev. Richard A. McGowan, S.J. (Boston College, Economics)
Spring 2008 Rev. Amedeus Shirima, S.J. (Arrupe College in Harare, Zimbabwe, Philosophy
Fall 2008 Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J.
Spring 2009 Rev. Dennis Leder, S.J.
Fall 2009 Rev. Joseph Brown, S.J.
Spring 2010 Rev. Dudley Mendonca, S.J.
Fall, 2010 Rev. Bruce Morrill, S.J. (Boston College, Theology)
Fall 2011 Rev. Jose Badenes, S.J. (Loyola Marymount University, Foreign Languages &Literatures)
Fall 2012 Rev. John F. Wrynn, S.J. (Saint Peter’s College, History)
Fall 2013 Rev. Aquiline Tarimo, S.J. (Hekima College, Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Theology)
Fall 2014 Rev. T. Michael McNulty, S.J. (Marquette University,  Philosophy)
Fall 2015 Rev. John Martis, S.J. (Pilgrim Theological College, Philosophy)
Spring 2016 Rev. Xavier Savarimuthu, S.J. (St. Xavier’s College [Autonomous], Environmental Studies)
Fall 2017 Rev. Robin S. Seelan S.J. (Loyola College, Chennai)
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Rev. Manuel Gilberto Hurtado Duran, S.J. (Bolivian Catholic University, Theology)
Spring 2020 Rev. John J. Paris, S.J. (Boston College)
Spring 2020 Rev. Joseph Puliparambil, S.J. (Marian International Institute of Management, Kutikanam, India)
Fall 2020 -Spring 2022 Rev. Andreas Gosele, S.J. (Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA)