David Gides, Ph.D.
Dr. David M. Gides teaches Theology and interdisciplinary classes at the University of Providence. He taught at several colleges and universities across the country (Manhattan College and Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, Marian University in Indianapolis, IN, and others) before joining the UP faculty in 2018. His research and publication area is the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer specifically, and the intersection between theology and political considerations more generally.
At UP, Dr. Gides serves on a few committees and is a faculty leader in the Catholic Social Teaching seminars. He is also involved in diaconate intellectual formation for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings and is available for speaking engagements both within the university and in the larger community on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Gides is an avid New York Yankees fan. He also enjoys writing music and spending time with his two beautiful daughters, Rhianna and Fadzai.
Daniel McGuire, Ph.D.
Dr. Dan McGuire joined the University of Providence after a 20-year career as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. A native of New Jersey, McGuire teaches theology and has held numerous administrative positions as well. His doctoral dissertation explored the work of Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar, and his training included a year-long seminar on St. Thomas Aquinas at the Dominican House of Studies (Washington, DC). Current research interests include papal documents on marriage and family, liturgical formation, and fundamental theology, all oriented to helping Catholics rediscover the philosophical underpinnings of the faith.
He served four years as the intellectual formation director for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings diaconate training program, and speaks at diocesan events. He wrote the Blue Knights Boys Club series and Marching Orders, a book on evangelization.
BS, Virginia Military Institute
MTS, University of Dallas
PhD, Marquette University
“There is nothing pious about being mistaken about God.”
-St. Bonaventure, 13th century leader of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)
Sarah Spangler, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Spangler teaches interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and is the director of the Lumen de Lumine Core. She taught at Rosemont College and Fordham University before joining the UP faculty in 2011. Her dissertation explored the intersection of faith and reason in the early church, focused on the scriptural commentaries by Origen, under Fr. Joseph Lienhard, SJ. Her research interests include the Greek foundations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. She also serves on the advisory board for the diaconate for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
The lay leadership model pioneered by the Sisters of Providence in their hospitals and colleges has guided her work. Dr. Spangler serves on multiple committees to facilitate her core curriculum role. She is available for speaking engagements both within the university and in the larger community on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
A native Montanan, she grew up in Superior. She enjoys hiking and kayaking in the summers there.
BA, Seattle University
MA, Fordham University
PhD, Fordham University
“Above all trust in the slow work of God.”
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, 20th c. French theologian