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.
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)
Doctor of Philosophy, Religion Department 1986
Awarded Whiting dissertation fellowship that went to top 8 Ph.D. candidates at Princeton
Master of Arts, Religion Department 1984
University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Philosophy and Theology 1982
Graduated summa cum laude
Received highest undergraduate award in both majors
2010 - present