Mark Luttio

Professor, Religious Studies

Council Administrator, Snyder Sanctuary

Office location:

Freiburger Residence Hall

North wing


Phone: +1 561-237-7169

Professional profile

Mark David Luttio has been a professor at Lynn University for over 15 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 Full Professor of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, 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 often described as an Asian soul in a Caucasian body. He has travelled and lectured in numerous international venues, most recently at the University of Haifa, Israel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.  

Luttio's research interests are in the area of comparative religion and has published works on “The Chinese Rites Controversy” and “Mortuary Customs and Rituals in Asia,” as well as an introductory textbook on the subject of “World Religions."  He is also the recipient of the “Cheek-Milby Fellowship” giving him the ability to circumnavigate the globe during a research sabbatical (spring, 2017) in search of “Pathways to Peace: A Spiritual Journey into a World Beyond Religious Conflict."


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. 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
Anthropology of ritual
Politics of religion

Areas of scholarship

  • SL Societas Liturgica (International Society for the Study of Liturgy)
  • LWF Lutheran World Federation 
  • NAAL The North American Academy of Liturgy

Awards and honors

  • Kathleen Cheek-Milby Fellow Award, for global research on the topic of “Religious Diversity and Tolerance.” Spring, 2017.
  • Nominated for Lynn University iBook Award.  World Religions, by Mark Luttio, HUM 335 (particularly the chapter on Hinduism). Fall, 2016.
  • Nationally selected participant to international conference on “Teaching Interfaith Understanding”  co-sponsored by the Council for Independent Colleges and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Conference in Chicago, IL (DePaul University).  August, 2016.
  • Order of the Grail Knights “Rose Award,” for Outstanding Service to Lynn University, 2016.
  • "Shield Faculty Award" Lynn University, the "Knights of the Round Table” (KOR) for 2013-2014 academic year.

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