Eric J. Kyle Associate Professor; Director of Contextual Education


Areas of Expertise

    Spiritual formation & religious education

    Intersections of ministry, social justice, & community engagement

    Theologies and evidence-based practices for education

    Western Christian & modern science views of human nature

    Spirituality & nonviolent peacebuilding


    B.S., Texas A&M University

    M.S., Texas A&M University

    M.Div., Claremont School of Theology

    Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology


    Teaching Online Courses, University of Wisconsin Madison

    Certificate in Blended (Hybrid) Learning, University of Central Florida

    Educational Technology & Critical Pedagogy Courses, University of Nebraska

    Quality Matters Rubric and Peer Reviewer Courses

    Certificate in Effective Instruction, Association of College & University Educators

    Fundamentals of On-Line Teaching (FoOT Program)

    Brightspace Teaching & Learning Program for Learning Environments Certificate


Dr. Kyle came to LSTC in the summer of 2019. Dr. Kyle’s teaching, scholarship, and service are primarily focused on the intersection of three areas: 1) Religious Education & Spiritual Formation, 2) Social Justice & Community Engagement, and 3) Excellence in Education. Having served in ministry and education since 2001, his primary focus continues to be on formation theories and practices that transform lives and communities.

Before coming to LSTC, Dr. Kyle most recently served as director of the Center for Research, Education and Teaching Excellence at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, where he was also an associate professor. He was assistant professor of theology and director of service learning at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha prior to this. At these institutions, Dr. Kyle taught courses on spirituality, nonviolent peacebuilding, and world religions. He also gained experiences in instructional design and technology.

While working on his M.Div. degree, Dr. Kyle served in the United Methodist Church first as a youth minister, next as a local pastor at an urban church in Long Beach, and finally as an Associate Pastor at a Japanese American church in Torrance, CA. He has participated in an Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program and is a Promised Member of an Ignatian Associates organization. Dr. Kyle has also been involved in social justice work in congregations and the community on issues related to immigration rights, anti-racism, and the environment.

In his spare time, Dr. Kyle enjoys spending time with family, visiting local museums and parks, being raised by his children and pets, and running.

Published Works


    Educating in the Spirit: Evidence-Based & Theological Foundations for High Impact Educational Systems (Wipf & Stock, 2019).

    Spiritual Being & Becoming: Christian & Scientific Views of Human Nature for Spiritual Formation (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015).

    Sacred Systems: Exploring Personal Transformation in the Western Christian Tradition (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014).

    Living Spiritual Praxis: Foundations for Spiritual Formation Program Development (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013).

    Published Articles & Other Publications

    Religious Education & Spiritual Formation Related:

    “Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian Tradition” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian & Mark A. Lamport (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

    “Discerning Praxis: At the Intersection of Theory, Practice, & Reflection in the Field of Spiritual Formation,” in Claremont Graduate University: Student Research Journal, Vol. 1. (September 2011): 406-20.

    Review of Thomas G. Plante, Ed., Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health, in Practical Matters 4 (Spring 2011).

    Review of Donald and Brenda Ratcliff, ChildFaith: Experiencing God and Spiritual Growth with Your Children, in Religious Education Journal 106:3 (May 2011): 353-54.

    Social Justice & Community Engagement Related:

    “Challenging Racism and White Privilege in Undergraduate Theology Contexts: Teaching and Learning Strategies for Maximizing the Promise of Community Service-Learning.” co-authored with Jennifer Reed-Bouley, Teaching Theology & Religion, 18:1 (January 2015).

    “Service Learning” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian & Mark A. Lamport (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

    “Re-envisioning Religious Education in Light of Persons with ‘Disabilities,’” in Religious Education Journal, 108:5 (October/December 2013), pp. 528 - 541.

    Educational Excellence Related:

    Invited Publication: “Online Inquiry-Based Learning.” Magna Online Classroom Newsletter, (Magna Publications, July 2015).

    “Caught in the Tractorbeam of Larger Influences: The filtration of innovation in education technology design.” Co-authored with Justin D. Olmanson, Fitsum F. Abebe, Valerie Jones, Xianquan Liu, Katherine Robbins, Guieswende Rouamba. In International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic and Management Engineering, 9:7 (2015).

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