Francis Russell Hittinger

Francis (Russ) Hittinger

William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies Research Professor of LawChapman Hall 205
francis-hittinger@utulsa.eduVita 2009

I work at the intersection of philosophy, law, and theology. I am currently at work on a book on the evolution of Catholic social theory and doctrine during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude (1975).
  • M.A., Philosophy, St. Louis University (1981).
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, St. Louis University (1986).

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Robert J. Randall Distinguished Visiting Professor in Christian Culture, Providence College (2007-08).
  • Senior Research Fellow, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. University of Notre Dame. Academic Year 2000-2001.
  • Visiting Professor. Università Regina Apostolorum. Roma. Spring 2001; fall, 2004; fall 2006.
  • Visiting Professor. Faculty of Philosophy, Catholic University of Ruzomberok, Slovak Republic, spring 2005.
  • Associate Professor. School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1991-1996).
  • Adjunct Faculty, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, full-time, Dept. of Politics, Princeton University (Academic year 1989-1990).
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Fordham University (Fall 1987 — Spring 1991).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, part-time, Dept. of Politics, Princeton University (Spring 1988, Fall-Spring 1990-1991).
  • Visiting Professor, part-time, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New York University (Fall 1990).

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinatis. Città Del Vaticano – elected a member ordinarius 2005. Elected to the consilium of the Academy 2006.
  • Planning Committee: Colloquium on Philosophy and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Lumen Christi Institute and Institut Catholique. Paris, France (June 2006 and subsequent years)
  • Director of Ethics. Warren Medical Research Center, Tulsa, OK (2004 — ).
  • Advisory Board, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture (2000 — ).
  • Advisory Board, The Review of Politics (2008-2011).
  • Member of the Alonzo MacDonald Project, at Emory College of Law. A five year project funded by the MacDonald family. The group will write, edit, and publish twenty-five monographs on Christian jurisprudence. (2005 – ).
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Jurisprudence (1989 — ).

Courses Taught at TU

  • Three Catholic Thinkers (REL 4053)
  • Truth and Authority in the Works of St Augustine (REL 4043 Augustine)
  • Philosophy and Theology of Law (REL 4063)
  • Philosophy of Natural Law and Natural Right (REL 4163)
  • Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 4543 / REL 4543)
  • Understanding of Happiness in Ancient and Medieval Thought
  • Evangelical Poverty: From Antony to Francis
  • Monks, Kings, Warriors and Scholars: Medieval Honors

Awards & Recognition

  • “The Coherence of the Four Basic Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine: An Interpretation.” Keynote Address Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, XVIII Plenary Session (Città Del Vaticano) 2 May 2008.
  • Human Rights Day address to Parliament and notables at the Royal Castle, Warsaw, December 9, 2006.
  • “Secularity and the Anthropological Problem.” The Inaugural Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social Thought, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Oct. 8, 2004.
  • “Evolution of Papal Social Doctrine.” Lecture on the centenary of the death of Leo XIII, for the Ministry of Culture, Italian Government (2003).
  • Templeton Honor Roll, Teaching in the Liberal Arts, May 21, 1997. John Templeton Foundation.
  • Bruno Damiani Award, Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching, Catholic University, 1994.
  • Josephine Yalch Zekan Award, Best Scholarly Article in Faith and Law. College of Law, University of Tulsa, 1997.
  • Josephine Yalch Zekan Award, Best Scholarly Article in Faith and Law. College of Law, University of Tulsa, 1997.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH Fellowship for University Teachers (1993).
  • American Bar Association, Silver Gavel Award (1991).