Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. ; Michael Schuck and Nancy Tuchman
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. is presently founding a new center to build an International Associate of Jesuit Universities based at Fordham University in Queens, New York, USA. Prior to that he was Chancellor of Loyola University Chicago from 2015-17. He was also president of the same university for 14 years (from 2001). Since 2011 he is also Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, by appointment of Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. superior general of the Society of Jesus. He served in multiple capacities at various universities, including as Professor of psychology, Acting Vice President for Student Development, Academic Vice President, and Special Assistant to the President, among others.
Michael Schuck is a Professor of Christian Ethics in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project which has produced Healing Earth, a free online textbook in environmental science, ethics, spirituality and action. In addition to environmental ethics, Michael teaches and does research in the areas of Roman Catholic social thought, theological and philosophical ethics, and religious ethics and social theory. Michael was the Founding Director of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.
Nancy Tuchman spent the first 14 years of her career as a Professor of Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. In 2002–2003 she served as a Program Officer in the Ecosystem Studies Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C., then returned to Loyola to serve as the Associate Provost for Research for five years (2004–08). In 2005 she founded and directed the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) at Loyola. From 2010–2013 she served as the University’s Vice Provost before being appointed Founding Dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES).
In 2012, Fr. Michael J. Garanzini S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago, envisioned a ‘living textbook’ in environmental science that would provide a sound scientific understanding of the primary environmental threats to the planet, while also providing ethical reasoning, spiritual reflection, and a call to action. His vision was to develop a free, online textbook that seamlessly integrated science, ethics and faith, and could be accessed by anyone on the planet who had web access, with those living at the margins in mind. This was the birth of the International Jesuit Ecology Project, an endeavor by a small group of scholars at Loyola University Chicago that quickly grew to a community of over 160 contributors (students, university faculty, high school teachers, students, language translators, technology specialists) from over 20 countries.