AMU Graduate Theology Prepares to Welcome Dr. Gerald P. Boersma to the Faculty!

AMU Graduate Theology Prepares to Welcome Dr. Gerald P. Boersma to the Faculty!

Dr. Gerald P. Boersma will be coming to AMU to begin teaching in the fall. With his background in patristics, especially St. Augustine, Dr. Boersma will be an excellent addition to the faculty.

Below, is a brief word from him about starting at AMU:

I am delighted to be joining the faculty at Ave Maria University.  My wife, Maria, and I are both graduates from Ave Maria and the opportunity to return and contribute to the dynamic mission of this vibrantly Catholic, liberal arts institution is a tremendous blessing.  

I am deeply humbled and honored by the invitation to join superb colleagues and friends for whom I have the greatest admiration.  As I know first-hand, the theology programs at AMU are outstanding.  The exceptional caliber of Ave Maria’s graduate programs in theology is increasingly recognized as graduates from the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are now teaching all over the country in seminaries, colleges, and universities serving as a vitalizing presence in Catholic higher education.

It is privilege to be a part of Ave Maria University’s faculty.

-Gerald P. Boersma


Gerald P. Boersma comes to Ave Maria University from St. Bonaventure University in western New York where he was an Assistant Professor of Theology for the past five years.  His research focuses on Patristic theology, especially fourth and fifth century Latin Christianity and the thought of Augustine.  He is interested in the manner in which the Platonic tradition informs Latin Patristic mysticism.  He is the author of Augustine’s Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology (Oxford University Press, 2016).  Currently, he is writing a book on Augustine and the vision of God.  In 2016 he was awarded the Patricia H. Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship at Villanova University.  Gerald Boersma grew up in the Netherlands and in Canada.  He completed his Ph.D. studies at Durham University (UK) in 2012 and was a graduate student at Ave Maria University (M.A. 2009).