Twelve faculty members appointed to endowed chairs

Author: Arts and Letters


Ten members of the University of Notre Dame faculty have been awarded endowed professorships, and two have been appointed to endowed directorships, according to Thomas G. Burish, the University’s provost.

The appointments bring the number of endowed chairs at Notre Dame to 228.

The newly appointed endowed chairs are:

College of Arts and Letters

* Donald Crafton, Notre Dame Chair in Film and Culture The recipient of a 2007 Notre Dame Presidential Award, Crafton, a film historian, teaches about numerous aspects of visual culture. He is the author of “The Talkies: American Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1926-1931,” “Before Mickey: The Animated Film 1898-1928,” and “Emile Cohl, Caricature and Film.” He was named Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2001 and was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2003 for a project titled “The Struggle for Hollywood: The Film Career of Joseph P. Kennedy, 1917-1936.” The World Festival of Animation honored him for his contributions to animation theory in 2004. He serves as secretary of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema and is on the advisory board of Film Quarterly. Crafton earned his doctorate from Yale University.

*Richard Cross, Rev. John A. O’Brien Chair in Philosophy A new member of the Notre Dame faculty, Cross specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and philosophical theology. He is the author of “The Metaphysics of the Incarnation: Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus,” “The Physics of Duns Scotus,” and “Duns Scotus on God.” In addition, he has written on the philosophy of some of the later Church fathers and currently is working on a book on Scotus’ cognitive psychology, with plans to focus his research on universals in early Christian writing and on the Christology of the reformers. He previously served in a joint appointment as a professor of medieval theology at the University of Oxford (from which he earned his doctorate) and fellow in theology at Oriel College at Oxford.

* William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics An applied micro-economist who specializes in labor economics, public finance, industrial organization and health economics, Evans examines social issues and the policies used to address them, such as studies on the economic control of smoking, the economic determinants of health, and the changing quality of teachers. He is especially noted for his use of state-of-the-art econometric techniques to analyze health and education outcomes and the policies used to improve them. Evans has published 45 articles in refereed journals, and he is among the most-frequently cited scholars in the field. His research also is regularly cited in other disciplines, including medicine, health care finance, public health, public policy, education, sociology and psychology, and he recently was named editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He served for the previous two decades on the faculty of the University of Maryland. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Evans earned his doctorate in economics from Duke University.

* Donna Marie Glowacki, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Anthropology Newly appointed to the Notre Dame faculty, Glowacki has been doing archaeological research in the southwestern U.S. since 1992 and has conducted fieldwork at 63 of the largest sites in the northern San Juan region. Her research interests include social changes leading to regional depopulation and migration, pottery production and exchange, and the formation of aggregated villages. Most recently, she served as a research archaeologist at Mesa Verde National Park and a research associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado. She earned her doctorate from Arizona State University.

* George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies A founding faculty member in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Lopez studies problems of state violence and coercion, primarily economic sanctions, gross violations of human rights, and ethics and the use of force. A two-time recipient of a Kaneb Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching and a past Kaneb Fellow, he is nationally known for innovative approaches to teaching peace studies and international relations. He is (with David Cortright) the co-author of “The Sanctions Decade” and “Sanctions and the Search for Security” and the co-editor of “Smart Sanctions,” three books that have had a substantial impact on U.N. sanctions policy. Their book “Uniting Against Terror,” was published this month. Lopez has received research grants from the United States Institute of Peace, the MacArthur Foundation and five European governments. He has been a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs and is the former chair of the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the organization that regulates the “Doomsday Clock.” A professor of political science and member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1986, Lopez earned his doctorate from Syracuse University.

* Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism The director of Notre Dame’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, Schmuhl has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1980. He specializes in communications and political culture and serves as a national political analyst for print and broadcast media. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, and American Journalism Review. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including “Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality,” “Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power,” and “In So Many Words: Arguments and Adventures.” His edited volume, “The Responsibilities of Journalism,” has appeared in four foreign editions. He is a former member of the Institutions of Democracy Commission on the Press and 2004 recipient of a Kaneb Teaching Award. Schmuhl earned his doctorate from Indiana University.

* Maria C. Tomasula, Michael P. Grace Chair in Art A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1994, Tomasula focuses her creative work on themes of mortality, regeneration and the dynamics of human relations. Her paintings recall the work of 18th and early 19th century Spanish Baroque religious painters and Mexican votive paintings, depicting familiar objects in highly stylized, symbolic compositions that serve as metaphors for her thematic concerns. Her work has been showcased in more than 100 venues nationwide, including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Forum Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. Her paintings have been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, ArtNews and The New Yorker, and in 2005 she was named “Best Established Artist in Chicago” by Chicago Artists’ News. Tomasula earned her master of fine arts degree from Northwestern University.

College of Science

* * * Karsten Grove, Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Professor of Mathematics A newly appointed member of the Notre Dame faculty, Grove has profoundly influenced the development of modern Riemannian geometry. The “Grove Program” to classify positively curved manifolds via their symmetry groups has become a flourishing research area, and more than a quarter century after their invention, the notions of “center of mass” and “critical points of distance functions” are considered basic foundational tools in comparison geometry. Grove also has made fundamental contributions to a variety of other subjects, including geodesics, rational homotopy theory in geometry, singular metric foliations, and manifolds with curvature bounded from below. He earned his doctorate from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

* Robert Schulz, University of Notre Dame Chair in Biological Sciences A new member of the Notre Dame faculty, Schulz is using the fruit fly Drosophilia melanogaster to generate and study genetic models for human disease, especially as they relate to abnormalities in health, blood cell and muscle development. More than 60 percent of all Drosophilia genes have homologues in humans, including many genes known to be causal of, or associated with, specific diseases. Schulz’s current research projects include identification and analysis of genes required for heart formation, relevant to the study of congenital heart disease in humans; genes controlling blood cell development, with relevance to our understanding of human leukemias; and signaling pathways controlling indirect flight muscle formation and function, relevant to the understanding of certain human muscular dystrophies. Schulz earned his doctorate from Georgetown University.

Mendoza College of Business

* * * Timothy J. Loughran, C.R. Smith Professor of Finance A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1999, Loughran specializes in behavioral finance and market microstructure. He serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Financial Research. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a 2004 Kaneb Award and a 2006 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Mendoza College of Business’ Executive MBA Program in Chicago, he also is a past recipient of the Chicago Board of Trade Competitive Research Award and Richard D. and Anne Marie Irwin Fellowship. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Faculty newly named to endowed directorships are:

* * * James S. O’Rourke IV, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1990, O’Rourke has been the Fanning Center’s director since its inception. A concurrent professor of management, he specializes in corporate communication, business writing, public speaking and reputation management and directs the “Ten Years Hence” lecture series. He has published numerous books, including “Beginning your Career Search,” “Graphics and Visual Communication for Managers,” “Management Communication: A Case-Analysis Approach,” and “The Business Communication Casebook: A Notre Dame Collection,” and is senior editor of an eight-title series in managerial communication from Thomson Learning. He is a consultant to Fortune 500 and mid-size businesses and is widely published in both professional journals and the news media. Formerly the chair of the Committee on Ethics for the Association for Business Communication, he has served as a trustee of both the Arthur W. Page Society and Institute for Public Relations. A 1968 graduate of Notre Dame, O’Rourke earned master’s degrees from Temple University and the University of New Mexico and a doctorate from Syracuse University.

* Samir Youns, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Director of Rome Studies A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1991 andthe director of graduate studies for the College of Architecture from 1993 to 1999,Youns has served as the director of Rome Studies since 1999. He is an associate professor of architecture who specializes in traditional architecture and urbanism, and his projects and essays on architecture and aesthetics have appeared in publications, including Architectural Design, The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Archi e Colonne and American Arts Quarterly. Youns is the author of “The True, the Fictive and the Real” and “The Historical Dictionary of Architecture of Quatremre de Quincy,” and his forthcoming book “On Architectural Judgement. Sul Giudizio Architettonico” will be released next year. In 2001, Youns was appointed to the prestigious Scientific Committee of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs to advise on museum buildings in Italy. He studied architecture at the University of Texas, and taught at the Catholic University of America from 1986 until he arrived at Notre Dame. He also taught in the summer programs of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture and the University of Bologna. Earlier this year Youns’ recent architectural projects wereshowcased at the international architecture exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Originally published by Shannon Chapla, William G. Gilroy, and Susan Guibert at on September 28, 2007.