Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J

Major Field of Study: Catechetics/Religious Education
Minor Fields of Study: Theology, Modern European History, Philosophy


The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Ph.D., "with distinction," 1985
M.A., Catechetics/Religious Education, 1982

University of California at Santa Barbara
Graduate Studies: Modern European History, 1973-1974

Jesuit School of Theology
Graduate Theological Union
Berkeley, California
M. Div., 1972

Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington
B.A., 1966
Philosophy and Classics

Language/Cultural Studies

Projecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin
Antigua, Guatemala
Spanish language studies
Summer, 1986

The Mexican American Cultural Center
San Antonio, Texas
Study: Mexican American religious experience
Summer, 1983

Instituto de Idiomas
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Spanish language studies
Spring and Summer, 1982

Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Doctor Honoris Causa
September, 2004

Administrative Experience

University of San Francisco, 2015—present

Assistant to Higher Education and for Social Ministries
of the CA and OR Provinces of the Jesuit Order, 2015—present

University of San Francisco, 2000—2014

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Santa Clara University, 1997—2000

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Santa Clara University, 1991—1997

Voice of the Voiceless: Institute on Human Rights and Social Justice
Santa Clara University, 1989—1991

Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Southwest
Board of Directors, 1987—1995; Chair, 1988—1991

The Eastside Project
Santa Clara University, 1985—1991

Bellarmine College Preparatory
San Jose, California, 1975—1980

Assistant Director of Novices
College of the Queen of Peace
Santa Barbara, California, 1972—1973

Project 50
Santa Clara University, 1970—1971

Related Experience

Advisory Committee
Women’s Studies Program Advisory Committee
Santa Clara University, 1990—1991

Ethnic Studies Workshop
Santa Clara University, Summer, 1990

President’s Committee on Diversity
Chair, Subcommittee on curriculum
Santa Clara University, 1988—1991

Member, Advisory Board
Graduate Program in Ministries
Santa Clara University, 1985—1991

Member, Athletic Board of Governance
Santa Clara University, 1985—1988

Teaching Experience

Santa Clara University
Religious Studies Department, 1985—2000
Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor, May, 1990

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries: Foundations of Catechesis, Readings in Contemporary Catechetics, Ministry for Peace and Justice, Catechesis with Youth, Faith Development and Moral Maturity, Catechesis in the Hispanic Community
  • Undergraduate Religious Studies: Faith, Justice and Poverty; Contextual Theology: Haiti, Central America, and South Africa, "Everything Sacred."

Bellarmine College Preparatory
San Jose, California
Modern European History, English I, Latin II, 1974—1980

Jesuit High School
Sacramento, California
Latin II, Western Civilization, Religion IV, 1966—1969

Grants and Awards

Most Admired Bay Area CEO
San Francisco Business Times, 2013

Romero Vive Legacy Award

Robert M. Holstein, Jr., Faith Doing Justice Award
Ignatian Solidarity Network, 2010

Presidential Lecture
Fairfield University, 2010

Sears Roebuck Foundation
Co-recipient with Prof. Gerdenio Manuel, S.J.
"Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning and campus life." The award carries a $1000 stipend to the recipients and a $1500 grant to the University, 1990

David and Lucille Packard Foundation
$10,000 grant to Eastside Project
In support of efforts to educate the University on the issue of homelessness, 1990

Bannan Foundation
Five Program grants of approximately $40,000 each to the
Eastside Project, 1986—87; 1987—88; 1988—89; 1989—90; 1990—91

Texas Catholic Historical Society
Research Grant, $1000, 1984

Kettering Foundation
Scholarship/grant to participate in Outstanding Educators Colloquium at University of San Diego, California, 1977



The U.S. Catholic Church and Its Hispanic Members: The Pastoral Vision of Robert E. Lucey
(San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1988).


The University and the Struggle for Justice. Just One Justices: The Role of Justice at the Heart of Catholic Higher Education (2000). McCullough, M. Phd, editor. Scranton: The University of Scranton Press.

"Mexican-American Catechetics: The Legacy of Benetia Vermeersch and Robert E. Lucey."
Living Light 22 (1986): 325—334.

"Bridging the Chasm: Santa Clara University’s Eastside Project." In Assembly 1989: Jesuit Ministry in Higher Education (Jesuit Conference, 1990): 31—41. Jointly authored by Stephen A. Privett, S.J., Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Daniel Germann, S.J., & Peter Miron-Conk.

"Lucey, Robert Emmet." New Catholic encyclopedia, XVIII.

"Planting Seeds: National Committees for the Spanish Speaking." Living Light 31 (1994): 3—16.

"Like a Bear Robbed of Her Cubs." Issues in Ethics 9 (Summer, 1998): 2—5.


Charles R. Morris, American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church; Explore 1, 1 (Fall 1997): 22 - 23.

Edward L. Cleary, ed., Born of the Poor; Religious Studies Review, (October, 1990).

Jon Sobrino, Archbishop Romero; Living Light, 26 (September, 1990).

Virgil Elizondo, The Future is Mestizo; Living Light 26 (1989): 90—91.

Don Neri and Noel Francis Mulholy, Junipero Serra; Living Light 23 (1986): 80—81.


"Guatemala Report." Commonweal CXXV (May 22, 1998): 9—10. A longer version was printed in the Valley Catholic 16 (May 19, 1998): 10—11. Reprinted in Santa Clara Magazine, Summer 1998.

"School of the Americas on Trial." America 174 (May 25—June 1, 1995): 4—5.

"Call to a Community of Compassion." Genesis 3 (Summer, 1993): 21—22.

"Eucharist and Social Justice." Published by the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of San Jose in a flyer series distributed at parish liturgies, 1990.

"The Salvadoran Martyrs." Santa Clara Magazine, Winter, 1990.

"Letter from El Salvador." Spectrum (11 January 1989).

"The Power of the Resurrection." National Jesuit News (October 1988). Republished in Memories (Los Gatos, CA: California Province of the Society of Jesus, 1988).

"Strangers in Our Land." Santa Clara Magazine, Summer 1987.


Diocese of Monterey, CA. "Jubilee Sabbath" and "Jubilee Justice." Keynote addresses and workshop for parish representatives and lay leaders, Salinas, CA. January 29, 1999

Notre Dame College, Belmont, CA, Board of Trustees. Presentation and workshop on the strengthening the Catholic character of a university." Belmont, CA. January 8, 2000

ACE Fellows Seminar, January 3—10, 1999. "Mission Impossible: A Jesuit University." San Diego, CA. January 8, 1999

Loyola Marymount University Faculty Institute on the Catholic Character of the University. May 18—22, 1998. "The Jesuit University and the Struggle for Justice." Los Angeles, CA. May 20, 1998

UC MEXUS: University of California Consortium on Mexico and the United States Discussant of the paper, "United States and Mexico Binational Security and the Central American Crisis." San Diego, CA. September 17, 1990

Symposium: US Policy in Central America
Invited speaker, "The Catholic Church in El Salvador."
California State University at Sonoma, CA. March 31, 1990

Day of Solidarity with Central America
Invited speaker, "El Salvador: A Campesino Perspective."
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. February 21, 1990

Rally to End US Military Aid to El Salvador Sponsored by the Bay Area Coalition
Keynote Address, "El Salvador: A Call to Conscience." Columbus Park, San Francisco, CA. January 20, 1990

World Affairs Council
Panel presentation, "El Salvador from a Grassroots Perspective."
San Francisco, CA. January 9, 1990

Stanford University Silent March and Rally to Commemorate the Martyrs of El Salvador
Invited speaker, "The UCA Martyrs and the University." November 20, 1989

Bay Area Liturgical Assembly
"Celebrating Eucharist and Doing Justice"
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. October 8, 1989

National Symposium on the Jesuit Ministry of Higher Education
"Bridging the Chasm: Santa Clara University's Eastside Project."
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. June 6, 1989

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, Area 11
"Liturgy and Social Justice." Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, CA. March 2, 1988

Assembly of the California Province of the Society of Jesus
Invited address, "The Power of the Resurrection." Santa Clara University, August 15, 1988

Regional Conference, National Catholic Education Association
"Creating a School Environment that Fosters Moral and Religious Development" with Dr. Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Santa Clara University, June 1986

Professional Service

Province Assistant of Higher Education and Social Ministries
Western Jesuit Province

Board of Trustees
Fairfield University

Accrediting Commission
Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Executive Board
California Campus Compact
2008—2014 (Chair, 2010—2014)

Executive Committee
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Advisory Board
The California Foundation

Board of Trustees
Schools of the Sacred Heart

Board of Directors
American Council on Education

Board of Governors
The Commonwealth Club of California

Board of Directors
Public Architecture

Board of Directors
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Board of Trustees
Seattle University

Board of Directors
The Fromm Institute

Honorary Member
San Francisco Host Committee

Board of Directors
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

Presidential Consultant Member
Bishops and Presidents Committee
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Board of Associates
Universidad Iberoamericana

Brophy College Preparatory
Phoenix, AZ, 1996—2006

National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education
University of Scranton, 1999—2002

Board of Directors
CRISPAZ [Christians for Peace in El Salvador], 1997—2000

Strategic Planning Commission
California Province of the Society of Jesus, 1996—2000

Board Member
United States Catholic Conference Committee on Certification and Accreditation, 1990—1999

Volunteer Pastoral Worker
Jesuit Refugee Service
El Salvador, Central America, 1988

Ad Hoc Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Observance of the V Centenary of Evangelization in the Americas, March 1988

Santa Clara University, 1974—1980
Presidential Search Committee, 1975

The Hillbrook School
Los Gatos, California, 1975—1980

Board of Directors
Friends Outside
San Jose, California, 1977—1980

Accreditation Teams
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 1985—present

Professional Organizations

  • Religious Education Association
  • Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education
  • Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry
  • The Catholic Assembly of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education
  • Faith Development in the Adult Life Cycle Project