Ph.D., Religion and Literature
University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
Master of Arts, Theology
University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Master of Arts, English Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, English and American Literatures and Languages
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cum Laude in general studies, 1988
St. Catherine University. (2014). Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair of the Humanities
St. Catherine University. (2013). Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing
College of St. Catherine. (2009). Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing
Summer Scholars Research Grant, St. Catherine University, 2012, 2013, 2015
Wabash Center Summer Research Fellowship, 2010
Luce Faculty Fellowship Grant, The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Study, 2007
Carpenter, Colleen Mary, editor. An Unexpected Wilderness: Christianity and the Natural World. The College Theology Society annual volume: Orbis Books, 2016.
Carpenter, C. (2004). Redeeming the Story: Women, Suffering, and Christ, NY, Continuum
“The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Cultivating a Forest Spirituality in a Clearcut World,” Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Reflections on a Cosmological Conversion: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson, eds. Julia Brumbaugh and Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Liturgical Press, 2016).
Carpenter, C. (2012). Contemplating the Landscapes of Motherhood: The Discovery of Beauty in a Place We Thought We Knew. Maureen O'Connell and Laurie Cassidy, She Who Imagines: Feminist Theological Aesthetics (53-72), Liturgical Press
Carpenter, C. (2011). Rushing Winds and Rising Waters: Seeking the Presence of God in a Radically Changing World. Jame Schaefer, Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives (323-338), Marquette University Press
Carpenter, C. (2011). Surely the Woods are God's Tabernacle: Considering Emily Carr's Ecospirituality Today. Timothy Hessel-Robinson and Ray Maria McNamara, Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency (237-254), Wipf and Stock
Cullinan, Colleen Carpenter. “In Pain and Sorrow: Childbirth, Incarnation, and the Suffering of Women,” CrossCurrents 58:1 (spring 2008), pp. 95-107.
Carpenter, C. (2009). "Red is the Color of the Morning: Resurrection in the Writings of Terry Tempest Williams." The Way. (48, 1, 95-107)
The 14th Annual Pierre Lecture at the University of the Incarnate Word, "The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Cultivating a Forest Spirituality in a Clearcut World." March 2016.
“But I Thought Love Was Supposed to Endure All Things”: Domestic Violence, Discernment, and the Indissolubility of Marriage,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2015.
“Catholicism, Modernity, and Women: A Response to Julian Bourg,” The Boston Roundtable, Boston College, November 2015.
“The Pope, The Planet, and the People of God: Faith and Justice in an Age of Environmental Crisis,” Fall Core Convocation Lecture, St. Catherine University, October 2015.
Carpenter, C. (2014)."Knowing the Ground Beneath Our Feet: A Spirituality of Placemaking." Catholic Theological Society of America annual convention
Carpenter, C. (2013). "The Abundant Life: Eating Humanly in a Hungry World." Catholic Theological Society of America conference, 2013
Carpenter, C. (2012). "Women at the Well: Sacramentality and the Search for Living Water." Catholic Theological Society of America annual meeting
Carpenter, C. (2011). "Rushing Winds and Rising Waters: Confronting the Climate Crisis." Catholic Theological Society of America annual meeting
Carpenter, C. (2010). "The Limits of Love: Emily Carr's Tangled Relationship with First Nations People, Art, and Culture." College Theology Society annual meeting
Carpenter, C. (2010). "Okapis by Moonlight: Sacramental Witness in Women's Writing." 2010 Catherine of Siena Lecture at Dominican University