Vision and action: Pioneering women faculty at Notre Dame panel

Author: Sue Ryan

Sister Kathleen Cannon, O.P.Sister Kathleen Cannon, O.P.

Six notable University of Notre Dame women, with illustrious careers in higher education and beyond, will gather for a panel discussion focusing on their vision and accomplishments as pioneering women in the academy from 4 to 5:15 p.m. March 29 (Wednesday) in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The panelists will reflect on their experiences and early influences in their lives, educations and careers. They will also speak of their aspirations for the future of the University.

Associate dean of the College of Science Sister Kathleen Cannon, O.P., former First Year of Studies faculty member Angie Chamblee, professor of English and creative writing and renowned author Valerie Sayers, professor of ethics and business Ann Tenbrunsel and Notre Dame alumna and Board of Trustees member Nancy M. Haegel will participate in a panel discussion moderated by director of the Gender Studies Program and Film, Television and Theatre associate professor Mary Celeste Kearney. The event is free and ticketed. Register online at Tickets may be picked up at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Box Office beginning at 3 p.m. on the day of the event. It is open to the public.

Angie ChambleeAngie Chamblee

A Dominican sister, Cannon is also a concurrent associate professor of theology along with her appointment in the College of Science. She advises students in the science-business, science-computing and science education majors, and is responsible for diversity issues, international programs and various award committees. She served as associate provost from 1990 to 1997 and during that time was instrumental in establishing the Early Childhood Development Center, Notre Dame’s first on-campus day care center.

Chamblee was active in higher education administration and academic advising for nearly 40 years, specializing in transitional issues of university first year students. For 33 years, she served as part of the leadership team in the First Year of Studies in assistant, associate and senior associate dean positions. She retired from the University in 2014. Currently, she is a member of the Snite Museum of Art board of directors.

Valerie SayersValerie Sayers

Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, “The Powers,” which contemplates baseball, pacifism and acts of witness in parallel narratives of prose and photography. Two of her novels, “Who Do You Love” and “Brain Fever,” were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and a film, “Due East,” was based on her novels “Due East” and “How I Got Him Back.” Her literary prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and a Pushcart Prize for fiction.

Ann TenbrunselAnn Tenbrunsel

Tenbrunsel is the David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics in the Mendoza College of Business. Her research interests focus on the psychology of ethical decision making and examining why employees, leaders and students behave unethically. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of six books on this topic and more than 50 research articles and chapters. Tenbrunsel teaches at the executive, MBA and undergraduate levels. Prior to entering academics, she worked as an engineer for S.C. Johnson & Son and as a sales and marketing consultant for ZS Associates.

Nancy HaegelNancy Haegel

Haegel is director of the Materials Science Center in the Materials and Chemical Sciences Directorate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads a team of scientists advancing the nation’s efforts in renewable energy. She joined NREL in 2014, after 10 years at the Naval Postgraduate School where she was a distinguished professor of physics. She previously held faculty positions at UCLA and Fairfield University. Haegel received a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in materials science from University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Celeste KearneyMary Celeste Kearney

Kearney, who will serve as the panel moderator, is director of the Notre Dame Gender Studies Program and associate professor of Film, Television and Theatre. Her research and teaching focus primarily on gender, youth and U.S. media culture. She is a board member of Console-ing Passions and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals associated with film, media and gender studies.