An ethicist by training, Dr. Kline joined the St. Jerome’s faculty in 2002 as a member of the Department of Religious Studies with a joint appointment in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. He was appointed Associate Dean in 2013 and Interim Vice President and Academic Dean in 2014. For the past three years, Dr. Kline has served as Vice President Academic and Dean. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration at St. Jerome’s, the University of Waterloo, and the affiliated institutions on the broader Waterloo campus, he has been responsible for the formation and administration of the University’s academic plan, the development of academic policies, and providing senior leadership for academic support units, including Student Affairs and the University’s library.
As part of his commitment to the mission of St. Jerome’s University, Dr. Kline has taken on numerous leadership roles: Acting Chair of Religious Studies, Acting Director of the St. Jerome’s Centre for Responsible Citizenship, Director of Beyond Borders, and Coordinator of Lectures in Catholic Experience, to name a few. He has also held leadership roles at the University of Waterloo, including Director of the Joint PhD program (with Wilfrid Laurier University) on Religious Diversity in North America, Associate Chair—Graduate, and Associate Chair—Undergraduate in the Department of Religious Studies.
Dr. Kline has maintained an active role in the supervision of graduate students in addition to his own research and publications on matters related to religion and public policy. His current research focuses on the role of faith-based organizations in systems approaches to homelessness, which he conducts with his wife and St. Jerome’s alumna Dr. Megan Shore (’99).
He has served on international and national boards, including the American Academy of Religion (2007-2010) and Project Ploughshares (2009-2015), where he served as Chair from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a member of the Hospice Waterloo Region Advisory Committee and the Resuscitation Advisory Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dr. Kline and his wife Megan are the parents of two boys, Kieran (7 years old) and Karsten (5 years old).
In the upcoming year, Dr. Kline is looking forward to the completion of our state-of-the-art library and research space. Working with the University’s librarians, faculty, and staff, he is excited to share how our redesigned library contributes to our student-centred approach to education and the transformative teaching and research we engage in at St. Jerome’s.