FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola Announces New Endowed Chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences
Notes Theology and Political Science Scholars Join Esteemed CAS Faculty
CHICAGO, October 5, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago’s largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has added 36 new members to its faculty community this fall, including two high-profile endowed professors. Professor Edmondo Lupieri has been appointed to the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology (Department of Theology) and Dr. Richard Matland has been named the Helen Houlahan Rigali Professor of Political Science (Department of Political Science).
Professor Lupieri, a noted scholar, comes to Loyola by way of the University of Udine (Italy), where he has served as a Professor of History of Christianity since 1995. Lupieri’s main areas of research are the New Testament, the history of the Early Church, and the phenomena of religious interaction and religious syncretism. In his new position at Loyola, Lupieri will teach a graduate course on “The Figure of Jesus in the New Testament” and establish a lecture series, both international and ecumenical in scope. In addition to his many scholarly projects, including a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew on which he is currently working, Dr. Lupieri and his wife, Linda Foster, write theological thrillers, one of which will be translated into English in the coming year.
Dr. Richard Matland, also a very well known scholar in his field, joins Loyola from the University of Houston, where he served as an Associate Professor and Professor since 1997. At Loyola, Matland will teach courses on women and politics, both from an American and a comparative perspective, and research design and public policy. In addition to his teaching duties, Matland will spend a significant portion of his time growing the Universitys doctoral program in political science, while also spearheading development of a concentration in public policy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
“Both of these individuals are exceptional scholars and possess national and international reputations in their respective fields,” says Isiaah Crawford, dean, Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Hiring individuals of their caliber really helps raise the profile of both the CAS and Loyola University Chicago, and we hope to welcome more endowed professors with similar credentials over the next few years.”
About The College of Arts and Sciences
Since 1870, Loyola University Chicagos CAS, the University’s largest college, has advanced the more than 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study, firmly grounded in the liberal arts. CAS supports the University promise to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives by prepping its students for meaningful careers with top academic programs in the arts and sciences and a focus on each students development as a whole person. Located on Loyola’s two main Chicago campuses, the college provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage the world and to get a head start on their future careers through volunteer positions and internships.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education,U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.