2016 ACTI Faculty Fellows


_MG_3308 Erin C. Stackle is an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department. Professor Stackle specializes in ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle. She also does work in early phenomenology, especially on the thought of Edmund Husserl. Recently, her Aristotelian research has focused on the problematic nature of courage as an Aristotelian virtue, the inherently social nature of our most basic identity, and how we can meaningfully apply mathematical claims to perceptible things. Her ACTI fellow project will investigate whether there is anything uniquely Catholic in how St. Thomas Aquinas interprets Aristotle’s treatment of health in his Metaphysics.


Kelly Younger is a professor in the English Department and an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway regionally and internationally. At LMU, Younger conducts workshops in play writing, teaches courses in the survey of drama, and leads seminars in modern and contemporary drama, Irish drama, classical drama in translation, performance studies, drama theory, as well as a seminar in Fairy Tales. Critical book publications include Dionysus in Ireland: Irish Adaptations of Greek Tragedies (Mellen) and Beth Henley in an Hour (Smith and Kraus). His project, TRIGGER WARNING, is a full-length play that dramatizes the Catholic intellectual tradition in action and engages a national conversation in higher education by developing a play for performance at universities and theatres across the country.


Seaver College of Science and Engineering Faculty Staff Headshots Víctor Carmona is an associate professor in the Biology Department who focuses his research on the ecology and evolution of species interactions in the tropics. His dedication as a teacher-scholar is evident in his service to his students and colleagues and in his participation in LMU’s Mission & Ministry Faculty & Staff Immersion Trip to El Salvador. Informed by his time as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de El Salvador in 2012, his project, “Jesuit Science in Latin America: Revolutionizing Academic Tourism in the Evolution of Social Justice,” will engage science, global study, social justice, and Pope Francis’ encyclical call to transformative contributions of teacher-scholarship of ecological systems and the environmental justice in human systems.


About the ACTI Faculty Fellows Program

ACTI is committed to dialogue and collaboration amongst the disciplines throughout LMU. This interdisciplinary focus allows scholars from across all of the university’s colleges and schools to participate in this fellowship opportunity to complete or to concentrate effort at a critical phase of a substantial research/creative project that is consistent with the mission of the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination. Each ACTI Fellow will receive a course release from one 3 or 4-unit course. Such projects may take diverse forms: developing, critically engaging, expanding, adding to, questioning, or explaining aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition or its various concerns; entering into dialogue with Catholic thought or imagination from the perspective of a different faith tradition or no faith tradition; using the resources of the Catholic tradition to understand and respond to pressing contemporary issues; developing a creative work in dialogue with the imaginative and intellectual framework of the Catholic tradition, and so forth. For more information and to apply, visit the ACTI website.