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Overview of achievements & qualifications

Distinguished 30-year career in higher education engaging students in the learning process through effective undergraduate instruction, curriculum development and delivery, and establishment of best-practice institutional structures. Transparent and collaborative leader skilled in fostering inclusion and creativity, building consensus among faculty, and marshaling resources toward historic change. Endowed professor with exemplary record of teaching and scholarship, including publications, reviews, presentations, and consultancies.


Professional experience

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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Benedictine University

2018 - 2022

2010 - present

Provide vision and direction to the College consistent with the mission of Benedictine University and its strategic plan. Facilitate faculty and staff development and cooperation among academic units in the college and across the university. Oversee the development and assessment of new and existing programs to ensure academic quality and external recognition. Establish external relationships to further program development and recognition. Prepare and manage the College budget. Maintain specific accreditations for the College's programs. Collaborate with the university's enrollment management along with marketing and communication to ensure program growth in the recruitment of students. Work collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs to enhance operational efficiency and the College's profile. Tenured full professor in Theology.

               Associate Dean of Faculty, Saint Mary's College

​               2006 - 2018



Lead curriculum development and administration for all new, revised, and/or proposed academic courses and programs in collaboration with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Registrar, and Curriculum Committee Chair. Provide oversight and direction for Directors of Writing Proficiency Program, Writing Center, Justice Education Program, and Office of the Associate Dean of Faculty staff.  Serve on several College committees as voting ex officio member including Academic Administrators, Academic Affairs, Academic Standards, Curriculum, and Rank & Tenure.



               Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, Saint Mary's College

​                    2006 - 2018



Teach course on theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas as one of College’s six endowed professorships. Interface with local print and electronic media outlets to discuss issues regarding Catholic theology and ethics.



               Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Mary's College

                    1987 - 2018



Deliver classroom instruction, lectures, and integrated learning opportunities for courses in Catholic Social Thought, introduction to Religious Studies, philosophical theology, and theological ethics.


  • Professor Emeritus (2018 - present)

  • Full Professor (2002 - 2018)

  • Chair, Department of Religious Studies (1996-2002)

  • Associate Professor (1993 - 2002)

  • Assistant Professor (1987 - 1993)




Princeton University


Doctor of Philosophy, Religion Department                                                                                    1986  




Princeton University

Master of Arts, Religion Department                                                                                                1984  




University of Notre Dame


Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Philosophy and Theology                                                       1982

  • Graduated summa cum laude

  • 3.96/4.00 GPA

  • Received highest undergraduate award in both majors

2010 - present

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