Theology professor to serve in provost's office while Mooney takes leave

by Dennis Brown

Maura Ryan, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as an associate provost during the 2001-02 academic year, replacing Carol A. Mooney, who will be on leave.p. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1993, Ryan will take on Mooney’s responsibilities for faculty personnel issues and her work with the School of Architecture, the Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame Press, and a number of University committees. While on leave, Mooney will continue to direct the promotion and tenure process through the Provost Advisory Committee and work with a strategic planning group on multicultural issues at the University.p. Ryan specializes in bioethics and health policy, feminist ethics, and fundamental moral theology. She and Todd Whitmore, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, coedited a book published in 1997 titled “The Challenge of Global Stewardship: Roman Catholic Responses,” and she is the author of the forthcoming book “Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction: The Cost of Longing.”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. Prior to her appointment to the Notre Dame faculty, she taught at College of the Holy Cross, the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College. She also spent the 1996-97 academic year 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 this past year, and she serves in the local community with the St. Joseph County Healthcare Advisory Consortium and Hospice of St. Joseph County.p. Mooney was graduated first in her class from Notre Dame Law School in 1977 after earning her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College. A member of the Law School faculty since 1980, she is the coauthor of two books and teaches courses on trusts and estates, estate planning, and the federal court system. She was appointed associate provost and vice president in 1996.p. In addition to serving on the Provost Advisory Committee, Mooney chairs the University’s Committee on Cultural Diversity and is a member of the Academic Council, the Academic Affirmative Action Committee, the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students, and the Laetare Medal and Notre Dame Award selection committees.

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