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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
New Director of its John Felice Rome Center
Recognized Scholar, Faculty Member, and Administrator
Michael F. Andrews, PhD, Begins His Tenure on August 1
CHICAGO, February 15, 2017—Loyola University Chicago announces the appointment of Michael F. Andrews, PhD, as the director of its John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy. Andrews, who officially joins the University on August 1, brings extensive experience as an academic leader, administrator, and faculty member in the United States and abroad.
In his role, Andrews will advance the work of the Rome Center and serve as a key facilitator of Loyola’s strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” aiming to leverage the University’s existing global footprint and the worldwide Jesuit network to enhance opportunities for student learning about complex global issues and justice.
“The unique combination of Dr. Andrews’s international, scholastic, and administrative background in higher education makes him the ideal candidate to lead our John Felice Rome Center into the future,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer John P. Pelissero, PhD. “As Loyola works to further extend its social justice teaching internationally, I am confident in his ability to facilitate our Jesuit mission, leverage the expertise and research of our faculty, and provide students from across the world with life-changing experiences.”
Currently, Andrews serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy, director of the Catholic Studies program, and McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics at the University of Portland. His responsibilities range from complete oversight of the College of Arts and Sciences’s budget to the successful development, assessment, and growth of all academic programs. Prior to his tenure at the University of Portland, he served as dean of the Matteo Ricci College, a member of the faculty in the philosophy department, and director of the Italy Summer Study Abroad Program at Seattle University, a Jesuit institution.
Fluent in Italian, Andrews has spent several years studying and working in Italy in numerous capacities. He resided in Rome as a scholastic during his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and again while studying theoretical philosophy and metaphysics at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 2004–2011, his role as director of Seattle University’s Italy Summer Study Abroad Program included administration of all aspects of an intensive, interdisciplinary study abroad course in Rome and Florence. Finally, from 2008–2009 he served as senior research fellow at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome.
In addition to his time in Italy, Andrews has served as a faculty coordinator and researcher in various international academic programs including in Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany, Morocco, Nicaragua, and Spain.
“Drawing upon my own international experience with Jesuit education, I have discovered that living in Italy awakens an aesthetic sense of one’s own vulnerability and finitude, along with a profound awareness of one’s responsibility to serve the needs of others,” Andrews said. “The Rome Center offers an openness to global Jesuit education that inspires and energizes me and has the ability to transform and enrich the lives of many students. It is an absolute honor to be the new director of Loyola’s Rome Center.”
Andrews holds doctoral and master’s degrees in philosophy from Villanova University, a licentiate of philosophy (PhL) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a master’s degree in religion from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree in systematic theology from Georgetown University. He also earned a certificate in higher education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Andrews is published widely on the “problem of empathy” and in the areas of ethics, phenomenology, and philosophy of religion. He has received several awards for teaching excellence, including two from Seattle University: “Most Inspirational Faculty Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence in Teaching” in 2006 and the “O Captain, My Captain Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award” from the Faith and the Great Ideas Academic Program in 2005 and 2006.
Established in 1962, Loyola’s Rome Center offers an American undergraduate college experience in the heart of Western Europe to students from across the globe. The center was founded on and maintains the philosophy that in an increasingly global civilization there is immeasurable value in studying abroad in an environment that places the academic classroom experience and direct experiences of the local culture in a dialectic relationship through travel and on-site courses. More than 500 students a year are able to pursue over 40 academic courses with a focus on Rome and Italy in their Mediterranean and/or European contexts. One of Loyola’s four campuses and just miles from downtown Rome, the Rome Center sits atop Monte Mario and spans five acres. To learn more about the Rome Center, visit LUC.edu/rome.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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