Father Jenkins to take leave; Maura Ryan to assume duties

Author: Shannon Chapla

Maura Ryan, associate provost and associate professor of Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame, will assume the responsibilities of Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., vice president and associate provost, while he is on leave during the 2003-04 academic year.p. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1993, Ryan will oversee undergraduate studies and international studies programs as well as Father Jenkins’ work with the Kellogg, Keough, Kroc and Nanovic Institutes; the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning; the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes; the Office for Students with Disabilities; the Office of Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships; the Center for Continuing Education; the Academic Code of Honor; and the University’s accreditation process with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.p. While on leave, Father Jenkins will continue working on the implementation of curricular proposals recently passed by the Academic Council. In addition, he will be engaged in research and writing on medieval philosophy.p. Ryan, who has served as an associate provost since 2001, specializes in bioethics and health policy, feminist ethics, and fundamental moral theology. She and Todd Whitmore, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, co-edited a book published in 1997 titled “The Challenge of Global Stewardship: Roman Catholic Responses,” and she also is the author of “Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction: The Cost of Longing,” published in 2001.p. Ryan earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in ethics from Yale University. She earned a master’s degree in theology from Boston College and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University. She has taught at College of the Holy Cross, the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College and has served as a visiting scholar in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.p. Ryan received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2000 and currently serves with the St. Joseph County Healthcare Advisory Consortium and Hospice of St. Joseph County.p. Father Jenkins earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively, and holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Oxford University. He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1988. He was ordained a priest in 1983.p. Father Jenkins was religious superior of Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame and served as a trustee and fellow of the University from 1997-2000, at which time he was appointed vice president and associate provost. He is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee, the Academic Council, and the Latin American/Caribbean and the Ireland Advisory Councils. He has chaired the 2002-03 Curriculum Review Committee, the University Committee on International Studies, the University Committee on the Academic Code of Honor, and the University Committee on the Disabled.p.

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