Elsie Miranda was named director of accreditation for ATS in July 2018. She is responsible for coordinating evaluation committees, visits, and reports for approximately 20 percent of the nearly 270 member schools accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of ATS. She previously served on the ATS committee for the Revision of Standards from 2012 to 2014, has served on many evaluation teams, and, more recently, she served as a member of a peer group examining programs for Latino/a students as part of the ATS Educational Models and Practices project. She comes to ATS after 22 years at Barry University Department of Theology and Philosophy, serving most recently as associate professor of practical theology and as director of ministerial formation. As a Cuban American and practical theologian, she has focused her research interests on the intersection of faith and how socio-culture and socio-political realities impact both human formation and efforts toward peace and justice at local and global levels.
Miranda is the past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), for which she coordinated the first bilingual colloquium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2016. Currently, she serves on the Formation and Religious Education Committee for the V Encuentro—a national conference on Hispanic Ministry in the United States coordinated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is also an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Association of Practical Theology. Her scholarship includes contributions to the edited volumes Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Convivium Press, 2016) and Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010) and as coeditor and contributor to Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic (Continuum Press, 2009). In her research and teaching, she continues to explore contemporary theological issues in the church and the world.
Miranda earned an MA in pastoral ministry from Boston College and a DMin in practical theology from Barry University.