Meet the Staff

The Center for Catholic Education consists of staff and faculty that are dedicated to Catholic education and embrace Jesuit values and traditions.

Rev. Robert Walsh, S.J.

Executive Director, Center for Catholic Education

Fr. Walsh is a former Catholic school president and principal who was appointed Executive Director of Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education in July 2013. An expert on Catholic schools, Jesuit education and the role of Catholic education for the common good of society, Fr. Walsh has deep ties to LMU, having attended Loyola University of Los Angeles in the 1970s. He is a former member of the LMU Board of Trustees, where he served on the Student Life, Governance, Development and Presidential Search committees, and previously served on the LMU School of Education Advisory Board. He is an experienced Catholic educational leader, school board member, speaker, and pastoral minister. He formerly served as president of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and president and principal of Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Jesuit high schools in California, including tenures as president, principal, assistant principal for teacher supervision and curriculum, and assistant principal for campus ministry.


Executive Director of the Center for Catholic Education

Diana Murphy, M.S.

Director, Catholic School Support and Outreach

Diana works to ensure the continued success and visibility of our Catholic school partnership programs through mentoring beginning teacher candidates in schools, collaborating with school-site administrators, and supporting alumni activities and communication. Drawing on her experience leading the PLACE Corps program for over 16 years, Diana brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of Catholic schools and Catholic school educators. Diana has also served nationally as the past-Chair of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE).


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Delmy Ruiz, M.A.

Academic Affairs Associate/Academic Advisor

Delmy Ruiz is an Academic Affairs Associate in the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University. She has worked on various research projects for the Center and her area of expertise is in academic counseling. She provides management of the Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers (CAST) program along with academic advisement to students in both CAST and PLACE Corps programs.



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Rebecca Herr Stephenson, Ph.D.

Managing Editor, Journal of Catholic Education

Rebecca is the Managing Editor for Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. She also serves as pre-publication dissertation reviewer for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice program and recently has been a part-time faculty member in the Doctoral program.

Dr. Herr Stephenson earned a B.A. In Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College, a M.A.T in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and a M.A. And Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California. Prior to returning to LMU, she worked as a research fellow with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and as a research associate at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. She brings to the position of Managing Editor expertise in qualitative research, academic writing, and innovative uses of technology for teaching, learning, and communication. She is co-author of Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms (2011, Palgrave MacMillan) and Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (2009, MIT Press).



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