Max T. Engel, PhD

Max T. Engel, PhD

Max T. Engel, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Education


  • Associate Professor


Max Engel was raised in western Michigan. After teaching in Catholic high schools for eight years, he earned his PhD in Religious Education / Catechetics after submitting his dissertation analyzing the cognitive, affective, and catechetical dimensions of selected contemporary Catholic high school religion textbooks. 

He teaches courses in both the Education and Theology departments at Creighton University. He researches in the areas of religious formation and instruction in Catholic schools as well as the formation and identity of Catholic school faculty. Recent publications include co-authoring "Why inclusion isn't coming, it is already here: Catholic schools and inclusive education" in Journal of Catholic Education and was the lead author and editor of Name It, Claim It, and Build on It: Your School's Catholic Identity, published by NCEA press. 

He lives in Omaha, NE with his wife and four children.

Publications and Presentations



  • , 20(2), 98-108
  • , 23(3), 1-13
  • , 25(1/2), 25-42
  • , 6(2), 47-48
  • , 6(2), 10-13
  • , 19(2), 163-181
  • , 8(3), 375-377
  • , 32(1), 22-25

Editing and Reviews

  • , 15(2)
  • , 105(2), 223-224
  • , 9(1), 97-100


Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Religious and theological education Preparation of Catholic school teachers Preparation of Theology teachers and catechists Intersection of religious faith, spirituality, and sports. 

Current Research Projects

  • Catholic Theology of Sports; Catholic p-12 school identity and curriculum.

Awards and Honors

  • Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field, Alliance for Catholic Education, Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Faculty Award 2019, Creighton Student Union, 2019
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence: Major Advising, CCAS Dean's Office, 2019
  • Faculty Member of the Game: Recognized by CU Athletic Department for Teaching, CU Athletics, 2018