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Dr. Alison Downie

Alison Downie earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Duquesne University in 2009 with a concentration in Christian Feminist Theology. She has presented papers at several annual conferences of the College Theology Society, most recently in June of 2012, and at the Unitarian Universalist Collegium Conference. Her academic interests include ecofeminist theologies, feminist spiritualities, interfaith dialogue, and religious themes in literature and film.

Her reflection on the movie Slumdog Courage appeared in the March 5, 2009 issue of Sightings, sponsored by the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

In addition to theological study, Dr. Downie also researches in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her teaching tactic entitled “What Do You Know?” is forthcoming inTeaching Theology and Religion. She is presenting a paper at the PASSHE Fall 2012 Conference, Emerging and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success and is a member of the IUP Institutional Team for this conference.

After receiving IRB approval for this research project, Dr. Downie is currently gathering data to study student learning in a World Religions course. Courses she has taught at IUP include Introduction to Religion, World Religions, Introduction to Christianity, and a seminar course in Christian Feminist Theology. Dr. Downie also enjoys teaching Ethics (Phil 222) in the Philosophy department.

Spring 2014

  • RLST 110-001  World Religions MWF  10:10–11:00  FOST 004
  • RLST 110-002  World Religions   MWF  11:15–12:05 FOST 004
  • RLST 483-H01 Seminar in Religious Studies (Religious Biography) M  5:05-7:45  WILSON 201
  • RLST 482-001  Independent Study

Office Hours

  • MWF 12:30–2:00; TR 10:00-11:00; or by appointment

Contact Information

  • Religious Studies Department
  • Sutton Hall, Room 452
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1360
  • Fax: 724-357-4039
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.