D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Emily Dykman

Research Fellow 2013-14

Emily Dykman

Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Philosophy

Prior to her faculty position, Dr. Emily Dykman served as campus minister at Viterbo University and was charged with music ministry and coordination of prayer, scripture study, and service trips. Dykman completed a B.M. in Piano Performance from Viterbo University, a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Mary’s University, and will complete a doctor of ministry degree in congregational mission and leadership from Luther Seminary in May 2014. Her thesis focuses upon an influence of scripture in assisting the laity in their recognition of vocation and participation in God’s mission. In particular, she studied the influence of an action research intervention using dwelling in the word in shifting the parish council’s ability to work collaboratively with the parish priest rather than relying upon the priest for sole directives. Dykman has held numerous professional leadership positions within Catholic parishes and continues to serve as a music minister and presenter at area churches. She teaches undergraduate courses in liturgy and worship, ritual, sacraments, scripture, and servant leadership.

Dykman’s fellowship research develops the initial findings of her doctoral thesis by exploring one key insight that emerged. It was found that numerous respondents felt a lack of belonging and sought opportunities for further small group engagement. In partnership with the parish community studied in her doctoral research, she will be implementing small faith sharing groups in a structured format to study the impact of an action research intervention in this additional setting.


  • Communal Mystagogy: Reflecting Together on God’s Mission and the Vocation of the Baptized. Doctoral Thesis, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, May 2014.
  • Eucharistic Adoration: Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition. St. Anthony Messenger Press, March 2012. “Holy Dance of the Trinity”
  • Christian Theology: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice. Morris Publishing, 2012. Contributed two chapters: “Ritual and Sacraments” and “Holy Vocations”


  • “Spirituality and Resiliency,” Chaplains for Children Conference, Winona State University, National Child Protection Training Center, April 2014, co-presented with Janet Holter and Dr. Debra Murray.
  • “A Theology of Hope and Grace: Naming Our Commitment to the Well-being of the Child,” Faith, Healing, and Future Work: Creating Partnerships to Promote Child Protection, Viterbo University, July 2013, co-presented with Rev. Dr. William Reese.
  • “Beyond Sunday School: Affirming Faith, Challenging Knowledge in the College Classroom,” Panel Presentation, College Theology Society conference, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., June 2013.
  • “Transformation: Producing Change in Students, Curricula, and Collaboration, a pilot study,” Panel Presentation, International Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference, Milwaukee, Wis., October 2011.
  • “Motivating Student Leaders Through Active Learning” International Alliance of Teacher Scholars: Lilly West, Pomona, Calif., March 2011.
  • “Dulles and Ecumenism,” Cardinal Avery Dulles: A Theologian for All Seasons Lecture, Viterbo University, November 2010.
  • “The Documents of the Second Vatican Council” Presentation at Crucifixion Catholic Church, July 2013.
  • “Intentional Parenting: Family Spirituality” Presentation at the Franciscan Spirituality Center as part of their Intentional Parenting series, La Crosse, Wis., November 2012.