Fast Facts: Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.
11th President of Saint Anselm College



Memphis, Tennessee



Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

S.T.B./M.A. in Theology, Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

B.A. in History, St. Meinrad College, Indiana

Certificate from the Harvard University Institute for Executive Management



Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stonehill College, 2012-2019

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Stonehill College, 2008-2012

Dean of General Education
Stonehill College, 2005-2008

Director of the Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities
Rhodes College, 2000-2005

Assistant/Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Rhodes College, 1993-2005



The Order of Penitents: Historical Roots and Pastoral Future

Removing the Barriers: The Practice of Reconciliation

A Reconciliation Sourcebook

From Cloister to Commons: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Religious Studies



  • The youngest of four siblings
  • A first-generation college student
  • Married to Dr. Paddy Cronin Favazza, Ed.D., an accomplished professor and researcher in the field of Early Childhood Special Education
  • Joe and Paddy were named Senior Fulbright Scholars in 2000, and taught for one semester at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Parents of four children: Alina, Ana-Marlise, Petr, and Isabella
  • Their three oldest children were adopted as siblings from Romania, and their adoption story was documented by Hallmark Entertainment as part of the series "Adoption" on the Hallmark Channel. Subsequently, the family also appeared on the Oprah WInfrey Show in 2002