Dr. David Fleischacker, Ph.D

Current Position
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Theology
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.


Doctor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., graduated May 2004. Major: Systematic Theology      Minor: Historical Theology 

Master of Arts, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., graduated May 1996.
Major: Systematic Theology

Master of Arts, Boston College, Boston, MA, graduated September 1992.
Major: Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, graduated May 1987
Majors: Theology and Biology

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Trinitarian Theology
  • Christology
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Spirituality
  • Science and Religion
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Creation and Evolution
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person


Dr. Fleischacker grew up in Brooklyn Park and New Brighton, Minnesota.  He graduated from Totino Grace High School in 1983 and from the University of Saint Thomas in 1987. He was married to Christine in 1990, and immediately moved to Boston where he started a Master of Arts degree in philosophy at Boston College. He finished in the spring of 1992. In the fall, he started the Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in theology at the Catholic University of America.  He finished his doctorate in 2004.  In 2001, just after Christine finished her doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology, they moved with their two sons to Yankton, South Dakota, where both started teaching at Mount Marty College. In 2002, their daughter was born. In 2005, they moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he started teaching and then became chair of the department of theology and philosophy at the University of Saint Francis. Their twins were born in October, 2005. In 2010, Dr. Fleischacker was brought to the University of Mary as the first dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  Currently, both Dr. David and Christine Fleischacker teach and work at the University of Mary. They live with their five children in Bismarck.  The family enjoys fishing, boating, playing cards, swimming, and traveling.

Recent Publications/Projects

  • Justified in Jesus Christ: Evangelicals and Catholics in Dialogueedited by Dr. Steve Hoskins and Dr. David Fleischacker. Proceedings of the National Dialogue of Catholics and Evangelicals 2014-2017 (University of Mary Press, 2017).
  • “Review of ‘An Integrative Habit of Mind.”’ By Frederick D. Aquino.  NIU Press, DeKalb, Ilinois, 2012.  In The Thomist, 2017.

  • “St. Augustine, Foundations for a Christian Humanism.”  Chapter in Medieval Christian Humanism, edited by John Bequette. Brill Press, 2017.

  • “The Place of Modern Scientific Research in the University According to John Henry Newman.”Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 15, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 101-117.

  • “Metaphysics and its Role in East-West Christian Division: A Review Essay Discussing David Bradshaw, Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of Christendom,”Logos: A Journal of Easter Christian Studies 50, no. 3-4 (2009): 481 – 494.

  • “John Henry Newman on the History of the University: From Athens to the Catholic University of Ireland.”Newman Studies Journal  6, no. 2 (Fall 2009).

  • “Higher and Lower Viewpoints and Beings in the Metaphysics of Bernard Lonergan” Paper presented and published in a collection printed by Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. April, 2008.

  • “The Scale of the Good as a Tool for Mediating Religious Education Amidst Cultural and Religious Diversity,” Paper presented and published in collection printed by Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. April, 2008.

  • “Montessori, Lonergan, and the Four Stages of Development” Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy and Education, published by the Salesian Institute of Philosophy, India (August, 2007).

  • “Newman’s Vision of the Catholic Medical School.”Newman Studies Journal 4, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 21-30.

  • “Review of “A Catholic Eton? Newman’s Oratory School.” By Paul Shrimpton. Herefordshire, United Kingdom: Gracewing, 2005. In Newman Studies Journal 3, No. 2 (Fall 2006): 115-118.