Julia A. Upton

Julia A. Upton, RSM, Ph.D., Secretary of the University and Distinguished Professor of Theology, served as St. John's University's Provost from 2000-2012. Dr. Upton was Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning from 1994-2000 and has been a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 1979.  

Dr. Upton has served as a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Brooklyn since 1978 and has served as a consultant to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Covenant House as well as the Conference on Mercy Higher Education; a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington Theological Union; and a member of the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Mercy Academy.  Her theological research centers upon sacramental theology, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and reconciliation.  She has published five books and numerous articles.  Dr. Upton is a graduate of Fordham University, St. John's University, and Ohio Dominican University.