V. REV. DR. JOHN ERICKSON
Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Emeritus
B.A., Harvard College, 1966
M.Phil., Yale University, 1970
M.Th., St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, 1984
In July 2002, John H. Erickson, longtime Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History and Canon Law, became the Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary and the first layman and the first convert to Orthodoxy to serve in that capacity in the seminary's history (note: during his tenure, Fr. John was ordained to the holy priesthood). Fr. Erickson retired and now lives in Arizona where he serves part-time at the St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Orthodox Church in Bisbee, Arizona.
Orthodox Christians in America (Oxford University Press, 1999)
The Quest for Unity: Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue , with John Borelli (SVS Press and United States Catholic Conference, 1996)
The Challenge of Our Past: Essays in Orthodox Church History and Canon Law (SVS Press, 1990)
Associate editor, Orthodox America, 1794-1976 (Orthodox Church in America, 1975)
Editor and translator. Vladimir Lossky, In the Image and Likeness of God (SVS Press, 1974)
Co-editor, five volumes of Orthodox liturgical music (SVS Press)
DR. JAMES SKEDROS
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
BA, University of Utah MTS, Harvard Divinity School
ThM, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
ThD, Harvard Divinity School
James C. Skedros is the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, where from 1998 to 2002 he served as Acting Dean of Holy Cross. A graduate of Holy Cross, Dr. Skedros received his Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School in the History of Christianity. From 1996 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor of Orthodox Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His research areas include popular religious practices in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, history of the Byzantine church, Byzantine hagiography, pilgrimage, and Christian and Muslim relations. As a Fulbright Scholar, he has conducted field and archaeological research in Thessaloniki, Greece related to the veneration of St. Demetrios. He has served as co-chair for the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion as well as secretary for the Orthodox Theological Society in America. His publications include, "Festivals, Shrines, and the ‘Undistinguished Mob'" in Byzantine Christianity. A People's History of Christianity (2006) "The Heroikos and Popular Christianity in the Third Century," in Philostratus's Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E. (2004), "The Cappadocian Fathers on the Veneration of the Martyrs" in Studia Patristica (2001), and St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki: Civic Patron and Divine Protector (1999).
DR. MICHAEL PRAVICA
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Michael Pravica is an assistant professor in physics and a member of HiPSEC (High Pressure and Engineering Center). He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics in 1998 from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics and applied mathematics in 1988 with honors from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Explosives, High Pressure Science, Raman, Infrared, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-ray Spectroscopies, Accelerator Physics
My studies focus on the study of matter at extreme conditions of high pressure, high temperature, and high radiation flux. I have developed a new field of science that I call useful hard x-ray chemistry wherein high energy, penetrating and focused x-rays are harnessed to initiate novel chemistry in isolated and sealed chambers. Finally, I have developed a novel method to dope wide bandgap semiconductors that I termed Ion Beam Nuclear Transmutation Doping (IBNTD) using penetrating, high-energy protrons initiating nuclear transmutation to create dopant layers.