Gerald Vigna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology


Gerald S. Vigna, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Theology. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Temple University and Northwestern University respectively. 

In his 26 years at Alvernia, he has been Associate Professor of Theology, Chair of Philosophy and Theology, Director of the Master of Arts in Leadership for Sustainable Communities, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the O’Pake Center for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service.

Dr. Vigna's current teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in systematic theology, scripture, christology, and ecclesiology. His graduate teaching responsibilities are in leadership and community development. 

Dr. Vigna recently contributed an article to the volume Godly Heretics on Origen’s theory of universal salvation and echoes of the idea in contemporary literature and film. He has presented nationally on such topics as the ethics of forced medical treatment during pregnancy and the problems of confidentiality in professional and clerical roles. Currently he is co-editing a volume of contributed articles on scholars of religious studies and theology in their role as public intellectuals. 

Dr. Vigna has served as treasurer of the College Theology Society and also as vice president, as well as secretary of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion. Currently, he is vice president/president-elect of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion. He also has served as president of the Temple University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association, for which he received the university’s Impact award. He and his wife of 42 years, Pat, have two children, Ben and Julia, and four grandchildren.


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Gerald Vigna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Francis Hall 307


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