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Dr. Helen Ciernick, PhD. » Profile


Happy to be back in the Bay Area with her family, Helen looks forward to this new adventure in teaching.  After twelve years of teaching theology and church history at the college level, she has joined the Spiritual Life faculty to teach the freshmen courses of Faith and Morals and Old Testament.  


Helen earned her Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, Masters of Arts in Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), and Doctorate of Philosophy in American Catholic Church History at The Catholic University of America.


Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, she taught at Santa Clara University for three years and at Mount Marty College, in South Dakota, for nine years.  At Mount Marty, she earned tenure, attained the rank of Associate Professor of Theology, and served as chairperson of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, as well as on several committees.  


In addition to immersing herself in teaching at Mount Marty, she pursued her research on Catholic-college students.  She has published articles and presented papers at conferences on Catholic-college students’ involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Catholic anti-Vietnam War movement, and the defunct organization the National Federation of Catholic College Students.  


When not teaching, Helen enjoys sewing, taking piano lessons, spending time with family and friends, and continuing her research on Catholic-college students during the 1960s.