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Director of Programs, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, Brandeis University

Michael Skaggs is Executive Director of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and a project manager at Brandeis University. He is trained as a historian with a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied interfaith efforts to address racism in the 20th century. He comes to chaplaincy from his work with the North American Maritime Ministry Association, a professional network for chaplains working in seaports all around the continent. He is also Communications Director for Transforming Chaplaincy, which improves research literacy in healthcare chaplaincy for improved patient outcomes.


  • 2018–present
    Executive Director, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
  • 2017–present
    Communications Director, Transforming Chaplaincy
  • 2018–present
    Project Manager, Brandeis University
  • 2015–2018
    Director of Programs, North American Maritime Ministry Association


  • 2017 
    University of Notre Dame, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of Notre Dame, MA
  • 2011 
    University of Louisville, MA
  • 2009 
    Indiana University, BA