Mark Luttio

B.A., M.DIV., M.A., PH.D.
Associate Professor, Philosophy & Religion
Mark Luttio

Contact

Phone: 561-237-7169

Office Location

Freiburger Residence Hall

Professional Profile

Mark Luttio has been a professor at Lynn University for over 10 years. Moving to South Florida, from Notre Dame, IN. where he served on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in the Department of Religious Studies, he joined the faculty at Lynn as Adjunct Professor in 2002. Since then he has become Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Liberal Education, teaching a variety of courses both in the Dialogues of Belief and Reason and the Humanities. Luttio is a U.S. citizen, but born and raised in Asia, and thus finds himself at home in the International ethos of Lynn.  He is also an ordained Lutheran clergy and serves locally in a variety of pastoral capacities, including Campus Ministry at Lynn University.

Education

  • B.A., Wheaton College
  • M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary
  • M.A., The University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D., The University of Notre Dame

Teaching Philosophy

One of John Dewey's greatest insights into the learning process is that education requires the attention and effort of the learner. As teachers, he argued, we cannot simply hand ideas to students as if they were bricks and expect learning to take place. Mark Luttio therefore believes that genuine learning occurs when students actively participate in the construction of meaning by forging their own connections between the course material and their experience. Creating conditions that foster this type of active learning where students develop their own ideas by engaging with the course subject matter is the goal of Luttio's teaching, which rests on there being a difference between students having to say something and having something to say.  Further, if what William James’ says is true about his particular area of teaching responsibility, that philosophy “is not a technical matter, but our more or less a dumb sense of what life honestly and deeply means,” then, to be sure, we ALL have something to say.

Teaching Specialties

  • Study of religion and culture
  • History of world religions
  • American philosophy
  • World philosophy
  • Philosophy and popular culture
  • Anthropology of ritual
  • Politics of religion

Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice

  • SL Societas Liturgica (International Society for the Study of Liturgy).
  • LWF Lutheran World Federation .
  • NAAL The North American Academy of Liturgy
  • STS Societas Trinitatis Sanctae (Society of the Holy Trinity)
  • ELCA, Ordained Lutheran Clergy, 1985 – present.
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