Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Maas Weigert, PhD, to the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership, effective April 1, 2011.

Dr. Maas Weigert has served as research professor of social justice at Loyola since July of 2010. Immediately prior to that she was the executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University, and served as a research professor in sociology and the program on justice & peace. She also held appointments at the University of Notre Dame, where she served as a member of the faculty and associate director for the Center for Social Concerns and was a fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She also co-designed Notre Dame’s Concentration in Catholic Social Tradition.

She has taught and published on such topics as education for justice and peace, the Catholic social tradition, and experiential and community-based learning. She is the author or editor of several books, including Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary (2005), America’s Working Poor (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), and The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans, which received the 1998 “Award for Excellence in Research” from the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders.

After receiving the BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Maas Weigert obtained the PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.  She is a co-recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s 1991 Grenville Clark Award, which is given for “voluntary activities advancing the cause of peace and human rights.” In 2000, she received the University of Notre Dame’s Reinhold Niebuhr Award, which is given to one “whose life and writings promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life.”

In addition to her appointment as the Farrell Professor, Dr. Maas Weigert will serve as assistant to the provost for social justice initiatives. She will work collaboratively with the director of the Gannon Center to advance the center’s mission to promote women and leadership.

We would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work associated with this position:  Diane Geraghty, A. Kathleen Beazley chair in ChildLaw and director of the Civitas ChildLaw Center; Linda Janusek, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing endowed professor for research; Charles Jurgensmeier, S.J., associate professor and director of music; and Janet Sisler, director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. They were ably led by the committee chair, Frank Fennell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Maas Weigert on her new appointment.


Michael J. Garanzini, President
John Pelissero, Provost