Appointments made for 19 endowed chairs

by Dennis Brown

Fifteen members of the University of Notre Dame faculty have been awarded endowed professorships, and four faculty and staff have been appointed to endowed directorships, according to Nathan O. Hatch, the University’s provost.p. The appointments bring the number of endowed chairs at Notre Dame to 191.p. The newly appointed endowed professors are:p. College of Arts and Letters
? Alfred J. Freddoso, John and Jean Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies?After earning his doctoral degree in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976, Freddoso became a member of the University’s faculty the same year. A specialist in metaphysics and ethics in the Catholic philosophical tradition, he has translated “William of Ockham’s Theory of Propositions: Part II of the Summa Logicae,” edited works by Ockham, Luis de Molina and Francisco Suarez, and written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from the encyclical letters of Pope John Paul II to the secularization of higher education. At Notre Dame he also serves as director of undergraduate studies in philosophy.p. ? Luke Gibbons, Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies?Gibbons earned his doctoral degree from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1989 and has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2001. He specializes in film and literature, the visual arts, questions of aesthetics, politics and cultural history, and contemporary debates on post-colonialism. He has written several books, including “Transformations in Irish Culture,” “Cinema in Ireland,” and “The Colonial Sublime: Edmund Burke, Aesthetics and Ireland, 1750-1850.” He also is a contributing editor of the landmark “Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing” and the author of numerous articles in Irish and international journals.p. ? Sabine G. MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters?MacCormack specializes in late antiquity (200-700 A.D.) and colonial Latin America. Her scholarly publications include “The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine,” “Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru,” and “Art and Ceremony in Late Antiquity.” She recently received a $1.5-million Distinguished Achievement Award for scholars in the humanities from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Previously a professor of classical studies and history at the University of Michigan, MacCormack holds a joint appointment at Notre Dame in the departments of history and classics. She earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.p. ? Nelson C. Mark, Alfred C. DeCrane Jr. Professor of International Economics — Newly appointed to the Notre Dame faculty, Mark specializes in aggregate and international asset pricing, exchange rate economics, and applied time-series econometrics. He is the author of ?International Macroeconomics and Finance: Theory and Empirical Methods? and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the International Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of International Economics. He serves as associate editor of three scholarly journals and is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously a member of the Ohio State University faculty for 20 years, he earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago.p. ? Breandan O Buachalla, Thomas and Kathleen O’Donnell Professor of Irish Language and Literature?A specialist in the literature and ideology of early modern Ireland, O Buachalla joined the Notre Dame faculty this year after previously teaching at University College Dublin, New York University and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has written and lectured on the impact of the Counter-Reformation on Irish political thought, early modern historiography, the cult of the Stuarts as reflected in Irish literature, and Jacobite rhetoric and ideology. He is the author of “Aisling Ghear,” a groundbreaking study of Irish political poetry from 1603-1788; editor of “Peadar O Doirnin: Amhrain” and “Cathal Bui: Amhrain,” the definitive editions of the works of two 18th-century Ulster poets; and co-editor of two comprehensive volumes of early modern Irish poetry, “Nua-Dhuanaire I” and “Nua-Dhuanaire II.” He also is the author of more than 60 articles on cultural studies, literature and politics.p. ? Cyril O’Regan, Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology?A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1999, O’Regan specializes in systematic and historical theology with specific interests in the intersection of continental philosophy and theology and religion and literature. He has written “The Heterodox Hegel,” “Gnostic Return in Modernity,” and “Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme’s Haunted Narrative.” A native of Ireland, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University College Dublin and his doctorate from Yale University. He previously taught at Yale, Fairfield University and St. John’s University (Minn.).p. ? Christopher J. Waller, Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics?Waller joined Notre Dame’s Department of Economics and Econometrics this year after previously teaching and conducting research at the University of Kentucky and Indiana University. He currently also serves as a research fellow in the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn. Waller specializes in monetary theory, dollarization, and political economy of central banking and is the co-editor of “Regional Aspects of Monetary Union.” He earned his doctorate from Washington State University and has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Cleveland, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Economics Education and Research Consortium.p. Mendoza College of Business p. ? Robert Audi, David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics?Internationally known for his contributions to ethics, epistemology and philosophy of mind and action, Audi holds a joint appointment in the philosophy department. His books include “The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality,” “Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character,” “Action, Intention, and Reason,” and “The Structure of Justification.” He was editor in chief of “The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.” He earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan and most recently was the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska.p. ? Peter Easton, Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accountancy?One of the nation’s leading empirical accounting scholars, Easton has made important contributions to understanding the role of accounting information in capital markets. He joined the Notre Dame faculty this year and will direct the new Center for Excellence in Accountancy in the Mendoza College of Business. He previously held the John J. Gerlach Chair in Accounting at Ohio State University, where he received graduate and MBA teaching awards, and also has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Macquarie University in Australia. He earned his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Adelaide (Australia) and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.p. College of Engineering
p. ? Joan Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?Brennecke is a pioneer in the study of environmentally conscious chemical process design, thermodynamics, solvent effects on reactions and supercritical fluids. In 2001, she received the Ipatieff Prize from the American Chemical Society, an honor issued only once every three years to researchers under the age of 40 for their outstanding experimental work in the field of catalysis or high-pressure chemistry. She received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1991. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1989, she earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois.p. ? Craig Lent, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering?Lent specializes in solid-state physics and devices. He is a co-inventor of the transistorless approach to computing called Quantum Cellular Automata (QCA), which is an effort to bring information storage down to the molecular level. The new circuit technology could lead to computers thousands of times faster and more powerful than anything now available. After earning his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, Lent joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1986 and was promoted to professor of electrical engineering in 1995. He was the recipient of a Kaneb Teaching Award in 2000.p. College of Science p. ? Francois Ledrappier, John and Margaret McAndrews Professor of Mathematics?Appointed to the Notre Dame faculty this year, Ledrappier is a world-renowned researcher in dynamical systems, ergodic theory and geometry. He previously was director of research for the Comite National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and concurrent professor at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. Widely published in scholarly journals, he was invited to address the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1994 and was awarded the Prix Carriere of the French Academy of Sciences in 1993. He served as president of the mathematics section of CNRS from 1995-2000 and recently began a term as editor of the journal Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.p. ? Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor of Life Sciences?An expert in antibiotic resistance and enzyme inhibitors, Mobashery joined the Notre Dame faculty this year after previously serving as a professor of chemistry and the Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State University. His research interests encompass studies of mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics and the means to circumvent them, development of novel antibiotics, studies of the mechanism of action of these antibiotics, and investigations of complex microbial systems such as the outer membrane and the cell wall. He serves on numerous governmental and industrial panels, as well as on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals.p. ? Joachim Rosenthal, Notre Dame Professor of Applied Mathematics?A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1990, Rosenthal was promoted to professor of mathematics in 1999. He also is a concurrent professor in the University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests include geometric control theory, inverse problems, convolutional coding theory and cryptography. Rosenthal also is affiliated with the University’s Coding Research Group and Center for Applied Mathematics. A native of Switzerland, he was graduated from the University of Basel in 1986 and earned his doctorate from Arizona State University in 1990. He currently serves as corresponding editor of the Journal on Control and Optimization and associate editor of Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems.p. ? Israel Michael Sigal, Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Memorial Professor of Mathematics?An influential mathematical physicist who focuses on classical quantum mechanics, Sigal joined the Notre Dame faculty this year after serving as the Norman Stuart Robertson Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He has established many fundamental results in scattering theory, radiation, the theory of resonances, and vortex theory in superconductors. In 2000, he received the CRM/Fields Institute Prize, which is awarded annually to an esteemed mathematician in Canada. He is editor of Reviews in Mathematical Physics and former editor of the Duke Mathematical Journal.p. Faculty and staff newly named to endowed directorships are:p. ? James Davis, Ray and Milann Siegfried Director of the Gigot Center for Entreprenurial Studies?An associate professor of management, Davis has directed the Gigot Center since its founding in 1998. He has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1991, conducting research on issues that affect strategic management and the performance of firms, including the effects of executive stewardship, control, trust and empowerment on firm effectiveness and efficiency. He earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa and previously taught there and at Idaho State University. He received the Mendoza College of Business MBA Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 1996, 1998 and 1999, and was named the Inspiring Educator of the Year for Notre Dame’s executive programs in 2002. Earlier this year, he received a Kaneb Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching.p. ? John A. Haynes, Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director for the Performing Arts?Haynes is the executive director of Notre Dame’s Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, a 150,000-square-foot facility with five performance spaces now under construction on the south end of the Notre Dame campus. He previously served as chief executive officer of the California Center for the Arts near San Diego and as executive director of The Children’s Theatre Company&School in Minneapolis. Before becoming involved in arts administration, Haynes had a successful business career, including eight years as president and CEO of a computer services company and a dozen years in broadcasting as a television programming and production executive with the CBS Network in New York City and Los Angeles and with Viacom in Beverly Hills. He studied philosophy and classics at the University of Texas.p. ? Patrick Holmes, Reese Carol LaBar Director of the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes?A 1979 graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Holmes directs a staff of 10 that provides counseling, guidance and tutoring to more than 700 varsity athletes. Prior to his appointment as director, he had served for five years as a counselor in the office, working with student-athletes participating in men’s basketball and swimming, men’s and women’s tennis and fencing, softball, rowing and football. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and taught at the high school level after graduating from Notre Dame. He then spent eight years as a director for the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), a supplementary educational program for bright students in the poorest neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included developing and directing HAP’s Follow Through Program, which helped place students into academically challenging educational programs and supported them once they were enrolled.p. ? Ann Tenbrunsel, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Co-Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide?A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1995, Tenbrunsel is an associate professor of management whose research interests focus on decision-making and negotiations, with an emphasis on ethics. She is the co-editor of two books on these topics and was the recipient of a 2002 Notre Dame Presidential Award for excellence in teaching and research. Prior to earning her doctorate from Northwestern University she worked as a sales force and marketing consultant for ZS Associates and as a sales support analyst and engineer for S.C. Johnson and Son.

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