Indiana University Northwest and the University of Notre Dame have announced new administrators. Mark McPhail will serve as IU Northwest executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and Maura Ryan has been named vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at Notre Dame. May 12, 2015

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GARY, Ind. – Indiana University Northwest has announced the selection of Mark McPhail, Ph.D., as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. McPhail is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He will join IU Northwest effective August 1, 2015.

McPhail, who has more than 15 years of administrative experience in higher education and is an accomplished scholar in the field of communication, will lead the Office of Academic Affairs.

He will exercise broad responsibilities for all aspects of the academic and student dimensions of the campus in coordination with the Chancellor and other university leaders. In his role, McPhail will serve as an active and substantive contributor to the strategic direction of academic programs, continuous strengthening of academic excellence and effective day-to-day operation of the IU Northwest campus, as well as the advancement of Indiana University.

“McPhail is an accomplished, well-published scholar in the field of communication, with a well-established record of administrative leadership and collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship,” IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe said. “Given the range and depth of his experience and strong commitment to academic service, Dr. McPhail will be a terrific asset and addition to our campus. I welcome him to IU Northwest and to the campus’s senior leadership team.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Northwest,” McPhail said. “IU Northwest's commitments to diversity, access, community engagement, and academic excellence are very much in line with my own personal and professional values, and throughout the interviewing process I felt a very strong sense of connection and alignment with all of the students, staff and faculty I encountered. I'm very excited about joining Chancellor Lowe's leadership team and becoming a member of the Indiana University Northwest family. In every way it feels like a perfect match.”

Prior to his role at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, McPhail served as Chair for the Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University; Chair of the Department of Communication at Miami University of Ohio; and Acting Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. He also taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and Emerson College.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts in Rhetoric and Public Address, Master of Arts from Northwestern University in Performance Studies, and Bachelor of Science from Emerson College in Speech.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

Source: Indiana University Northwest

May 12, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame's president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

A member of the theology faculty since 1993, Ryan is the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Christian Ethics. She previously served from 2001 to 2004 as an associate provost at Notre Dame.

Ryan replaces Daniel J. Myers, who recently was appointed provost at Marquette University. Her primary responsibilities will involve partnering with deans, department chairs and others to address a multitude of issues affecting faculty life, ranging from the Dual Career Assistance Program to the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Other duties will include overseeing faculty orientation activities and the procedures for evaluating teaching, handling faculty misconduct charges and serving as the University's point person with the regional accrediting organization. Currently, academic units reporting to this position include the Office of Digital Learning, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Snite Museum of Art. In addition, Ryan will be a member of the President's Leadership Council.

“Maura has broad and deep administrative experience, is an accomplished scholar and teacher, and enjoys the trust and admiration of the faculty with whom she works,” Burish said. “She sets high standards and works with all around her to meet them. We are most fortunate to be able to welcome her back to the provost's office.”

Ryan said, “I am pleased and honored to accept this new role. I look forward to working together with our faculty to advance Notre Dame's teaching and research mission and to build a truly diverse and inclusive community.”

Ryan earned doctoral and master's degrees in religious studies from Yale University, a master's degree in theology from Boston College and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she was a faculty member at the College of the Holy Cross, the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College and a visiting scholar in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Ryan's primary scholarly interests are in the areas of bioethics and health policy, feminist ethics and fundamental moral theology. She is the co-author of “The Voice of the Voiceless: The Role of the Church in the Sudanese Civil War 1983-2005” and the author of “Ethics and Economics of Assisted Reproduction: The Cost of Longing.” She and fellow Notre Dame theologian Todd Whitmore were the co-editors of “The Challenge of Global Stewardship: Roman Catholic Responses” and she also co-edited “A Just and True Love: Feminism at the Frontiers of Theological Ethics.”

Ryan received a Henry Luce III Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools in 2007-08 and served on the editorial board of The Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics in 2010. She is the recipient of a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and received a John A. Kaneb Teaching Award from Notre Dame in 2001.

In addition to her teaching, research and administrative work, Ryan has served on numerous University committees, including the Academic Council, the University Committee on Cultural Diversity, the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students and the University Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs.

Source: University of Notre Dame

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