Mari Rapela Heidt holds a PhD in theological ethics from Marquette University and teaches at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. She has served as visiting assistant professor in the Theology Department at Marquette University, where she also served as instructor in the College of Professional Studies. She has also served as instructor in the Theology Department at Mount Mary College. Rapela Heidt has taught courses ranging from Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts and Medical Ethics, to Introduction to Theology, Current Moral Issues, and World Religions. Rapela Heidt is a member of several major professional societies and has presented at conferences and as a guest speaker.