Interests are in all areas of Christianity: Scriptures, teachings and practices of the various branches of Christianity, history of Christianity worldwide, Christianity and other religions. I have also studied and taught these specific Christian topics: fundamental moral theology, medical ethics, sexual ethics, marriage, women.
In 1981, Dr. Ward completed a B.S., General Studies, with concentrations in Religious Studies and Philosophy, at Manhattan College, New York City, NY. She did so by taking night, weekend, and day courses.
After leaving her administrative position in a multinational conglomerate in Manhattan, she pursued her next degree on a full-time basis. In 1982, she earned an M.A., Theology, with a concentration in Scripture, from Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH.
In 1994, she was awarded a Ph.D., Theology, with a major in Contemporary Systematics and a minor in Historical Theology, from Fordham University, New York City, NY. In the area of Contemporary Systematics, she specialized in morality. Her dissertation, entitled “Defining Ordinary and Extraordinary Means,” dealt with medical ethics in the United States, including end-of-life decisions and rationing of healthcare resources.
Dr. Ward’s teaching experience has included service at the following institutions of higher education: graduate courses at St. Joseph's Seminary Institute of Religious Studies, Yonkers, NY; undergraduate courses in the returning adult and daytime divisions of Iona College, New Rochelle, NY; undergraduate courses at Fordham University and Manhattan College, both in New York City.
She has been a Theological Consultant on women's issues to St. Michael's Institute for the Psychological Sciences, New York City, NY.
Her main areas of academic interest are: all aspects of Christianity, including relationships among the three main branches of Christianity; World Religions; the Bible; Morality.
Courses she has taught include: Introduction to Christianity, Introduction to Christian Theology, Revelation and Creation, Christology, Mariology, Church and Society, Hebrew-Christian Tradition, Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Genesis, Gospel of Matthew, Fundamental Moral Theology, Christian Approaches to Morality, Contemporary Moral Issues, Medical-Moral Theology, Biomedical Ethics and the Christian Tradition, The Ten Commandments, Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Ethics and Morality, Contemporary Christian Marriage, Introduction to the Study of Religion, Nature and Experience of Religion.
In 2007, she received a “mandatum” from the Archdiocese of NY for work in the area of Catholic theology.
In Fall 2005, Dr. Ward joined SUNY Stony Brook University, where her teaching contribution currently totals nine courses a year focused on Christianity. She finds it inspiring and energizing to work with Stony Brook’s multicultural and religiously diversified student body on the Stony Brook and Manhattan compuses. She enjoys integrating modern technology into courses, including the use of Blackboard.
Dr. Ward has lived in New York City, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Westchester County of New York State. Her non-teaching activities and hobbies have included: various administrative positions in the fields of business, academia, and medicine, teaching English-style horseback riding part-time to children and adults, and choral singing in church.