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Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Renewing Identity Strengthening Evangelization

Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D, is the Senior Director of ACE RISE (Renewing Identity, Strengthening Education). Ordained in 1984 as a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio.  Fr. Nuzzi has taught in Catholic schools and served as a high school administrator.  He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and masters degrees in theology, philosophy, and education. From 1992 until 2000, he taught at the University of Dayton, and he was instrumental in establishing its Center for Catholic Education, as well as its teacher service program Lalanne. From 2000 to 2002, he was director of the Catholic Leadership Program at Saint Louis University and, since June 2002, it has been his privilege to call Notre Dame home.  

A nationally known speaker and author, Fr. Nuzzi has written extensively about the multiple intelligence theory in Catholic education, the spirituality of leadership, and inclusion in Catholic schools. His book,Gifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education, published by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is now in its second printing. Nuzzi has conducted two separate research tours at the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and has provided original translation of church documents pertaining to the history of Catholic schooling. In 1997-1998, he conducted an extensive research project on seminary education for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.  

From 1998 to 2008, he served as editor of the research journal, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, the only scholarly publication in the world dedicated exclusively to Catholic education. In conjunction with colleagues at the University of Dayton, he participated in a book in 1999 entitled, Catholic School Administration: A Call to Lead, in which he wrote the final chapter, “To Lead as Jesus Led.” Father Nuzzi published a widely used volume with several colleagues entitled, A Handbook of Research on Catholic Education, published by Greenwood Press. In August 2002, the National Catholic Educational Association published an extensive summary of research on Catholic education 1990-2000, entitled, Catholic Schools Still Make a Difference, for which he served as editor and contributed a chapter on Catholic identity. This book was the subject of his presentations in 2003 at the annual conventions of the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) and the AERA (America Educational Research Association). Nuzzi also coordinated dozens of scholars who collaborated on a two-volume reference work called Catholic Schools in the United States: An Encyclopedia, which was published in 2004.

In January 2004, Fr. Ron was among a select group of educational leaders to be invited to the White House for a special celebration of Catholic education with President Bush in the East Room. In April 2004, he opened a session of Congress, saying the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives before meeting with a variety of House and Senate committees on educational policy. A regular presenter at national conventions in the U.S. and Canada, he is in demand as a speaker, educational researcher, teacher, and retreat director. Fr. Nuzzi has received the C. Albert Koob, OPraem, Merit Award, the Ohio College Admissions Officers’ Association Award, and the Catholic Press Award.


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