Mark Markuly has an undergraduate degree in journalism, a master degree in systematic theology and most of the credit hours required for a Master of Divinity degree, and a doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in learning theory. He is a former newspaper journalist and editor, has owned an operated a commercial construction company, and served as a diocesan director of religious education for nine years. Since moving into academia, he has served as the director and chair of an international distance education ministry program (Loyola University New Orleans) and dean of a graduate theology school specializing in ecumenical and interfaith encounter, dialogue and collaboration. While in New Orleans, Markuly served on one of the university’s recovery teams after Hurricane Katrina, and the program he directed was one of only two at the university that operated without disruption despite the hurricane. Markuly’s research areas have include religious education, religion and culture (specifically religion and economics, religion and media, and religion and politics), and the cognitive science of religion. He is interested in the ways in which changing American and global culture is transforming religion, and particularly believers in younger demographics. He has published and lectured in these areas both in the U.S., Europe and Asia. While at Seattle University, Markuly has created a doctoral level course in public theology, and teaches a course entitled, “Spiritual Values and Meaning in the Public Square,” which explores many of the religion-culture issues mentioned above. Under Markuly’s leadership, Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry created the first graduate degree program designed specifically to appeal to the so-called “spiritual but not religious” demographic that now constitutes the second largest “denomination” in the U.S.