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Four CLA Faculty Appointed to Named Professorships

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'19

Mount St. Mary’s University in the Fall 2023 semester appointed four College of Liberal Arts professors to named professorships.

jack-dudley-photo.jpgAssociate Professor of English Jack Dudley, Ph.D., was named to the Delaplaine Professorship, granted in recognition of a faculty member’s excellence in teaching the humanities. He took over the professorship from Curtis Johnson, Ph.D., who teaches history. As Delaplaine Professor, Dudley will contribute to the development of the Mount’s Core Curriculum, particularly researching how to effectively continue to integrate the various disciplines included in the Core for a seamless educational base.

“I’m hoping to use this opportunity to serve the Mount by helping us all think together about what an integrated, sequenced Core curriculum might mean for us today,” shared Dudley. “I want to work with faculty to find what kinds of integration between different kinds of knowledge we need today as a regional, Catholic liberal arts university.”

delanoval_headshot-in-text.jpgAssistant Professor of Theology Roberto de la Noval, Ph.D., was appointed to the Tinder Professorship, a professorship created by the Class of 1964 in honor of Msgr. Dennis Tinder, C’64, S’68, who passed away in 2012. Director of Academic Programming Gregory Murry, Ph.D., previously held the position.

A nod to Tinder’s reputation as a humble and dedicated mentor in faith, the Tinder professorship is awarded to a newcomer in the CLA faculty who demonstrates a deep commitment to Catholic-based, liberal arts education. Noval joined the Mount in the fall of 2022.

"I am incredibly grateful and excited to have been awarded this professorship. I aim with the resources given me to foster more opportunities for students to discern the beautiful life of significance God is calling them to live, by initiating them more deeply into the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition,” Noval said.

mitra_indrani-425.425.jpgThe John L. Morrison Distinguished Professorship was bestowed upon Professor and English Department Chair Indrani Mitra, Ph.D. The position, held by a faculty member who has contributed to international studies at the Mount, was most recently held by Associate Professor of Spanish Diana Rodriguez-Lozano, Ph.D. The Morrison Professor receives funding to deliver a lecture series during their tenure.

"It is a great honor to be named to this distinguished faculty position. I have long been an enthusiastic student of world literature and cultures and have loved teaching in the Global Encounters program. The Morrison Professorship is an opportunity to work with mccarthy-david-425-425.jpgstudents and faculty to enhance our campus diversity initiatives by mentoring student research, inviting international scholars, hosting foreign films and other cultural programs,” shared Mitra.

Professor of Theology David McCarthy, Ph.D., was appointed to the Knott Endowed Professorship, a professorship granted to a distinguished member of the Department of Theology. The funds included in the professorship are used to further students’ spiritual and theological understanding.

“I am leading a group of students on a semester of study in Cuenca, Ecuador, and will use the funds while I’m there,” McCarthy said. “We will plan visits to a variety of religious sites from the pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary eras.”

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'19