Center for Mission and Identity

Mr. Joseph P. Shadle

Director, The Center for Mission and Identity

(He, Him, His)

Joe serves as Director of Xavier's Center for Mission and Identity. In this role, he works with Xavier's advisory boards, faculty, staff, and administrators helping them integrate principles of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education into their positions within the University. In addition, he coordinates Xavier's participation in national mission-focused initiatives and oversees the development of digital and print resources that support the University's educational mission.

In 2015, Xavier's President, Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ, appointed Joe to be the first 'convener' of the President's Diversity and Inclusion Action and Advisory Council. He continues to serve on the Council and was instrumental in helping to draft Xavier's first five-year Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Additionally, Joe serves as an adjunct faculty member of Xavier's Williams College of Business teaching a course in the MBA program on Spirituality and Leadership (BUAD 604).

Joe supports the work of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) as online workshop coordinator for the Ignatian Colleagues Program. In that role, he supports the development of the online curriculum which serves as the foundation for forming senior administrators and faculty throughout the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Prior to coming to Xavier, Joe served as Pastoral Associate for St. John Fisher Catholic Church.  He also has taught at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary and Thomas More University.

In 2008, Joe was nominated for the JASPA Ignatian Medal for New Professionals in Jesuit Student Affairs. He was appointed by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk to the Archdiocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministry Task Force from 2003-2008, to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Worship Commission from 1999-2005, and to the Committee on Recruitment/Retention of Lay Ministers from 2001-2004. In 1997, he was presented with the Award for Educational Excellence from the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors.

Joe currently chairs the Clinical Pastoral Education Advisory Committee at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. He is a popular speaker and retreat director specializing in scripture, education, spirituality, and leadership.

First Year at Xavier



  • M.B.A. (Xavier University)
  • Master of Divinity (Athenaeum of Ohio)
  • M.A. Biblical Studies (Athenaeum of Ohio)
  • B.A. Business Management and Psychology (Walsh College)


  • Shadle, Joseph P., Elaine Crable, and Hema Krishnan. "Integrating Ignatian Values into an International Executive MBA Immersion Experience." Journal of Jesuit Business Education: Volume 7, No. 1 (2016), p. 73-86.
  • Shadle, Joseph P. “Advancing Mission through Digital Resources.” A Mission Officer Handbook: Collaborating with Partners: Volume 2. (2015) Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Washington D.C.
  • Shadle, Joseph P. and Mooney, Debra K. “Understanding Our Heritage, Living the Mission: A seminar for student leaders.” Connections Magazine. (May 2013).
  • Shadle, Joseph P. “Our Jesuit Heritage.” In S. D. Powell (2011). Your Introduction to Education: Explorations in Teaching (2nd ed.). (2011). Pearson.
  • Shadle, Joseph P. “Why Don’t I Have Time to Read This?: Stress Management in Ministry.” Readings for Effective Catechetical Leaders. NCEA: Washington D.C. (2004).