Philip J. Rossi, S.J., is interim dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. He is a professor of theology, served ten years as chair of the department of theology, and was associate dean for graduate affairs in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2005 to 2008.
A native of Mt. Vernon, NY, Fr. Rossi received his B.A. degree in philosophy from Fordham University in 1967, B.D. degree from Woodstock College, NY in 1971, and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He entered the New York Province of the Society of Jesus in 1962 and was ordained in 1971. He joined the faculty at Marquette University in August, 1975. Fr. Rossi was a visiting professor at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea in 1985, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in 1998, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and 1999, and Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Washington, DC, from 1979 to 1980 and from 2004 to 2005.
Fr. Rossi has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in systematic theology and theological ethics at Marquette and has been dissertation director for fifteen doctoral students. His current research interests focus on the theological import of the work of the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, on the relationships between philosophical and theological inquiry, and on the role of faith in contemporary culture, particularly with respect to issues of peace and war. He is author of two books, has edited three other books, has published over forty articles and book chapters, and presented more than fifty papers at regional, national, and international conferences on philosophy, theology, and religion.
Fr. Rossi has been a member of the board of directors at Creighton University since 1985; at Marquette he has served on the College and University promotion and tenure committees, the University Board of Graduate Studies, Core Curriculum Review Committee, MU 2000 Planning Committee, and as an elected member of the Committee on Faculty and of the Academic Senate.