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New deans bring insights into Paul, online ed., global poverty
The 2016–17 academic year opened with new deans at three of the University’s eight schools and colleges.
New Testament scholar Thomas D. Stegman, SJ, is the recently appointed dean of the School of Theology and Ministry (400 students and 29 full-time faculty). Stegman has been an associate professor and chair of the school’s ecclesiastical faculty since 2008. A distinguished interpreter of the Pauline Letters, he is co-editor of two books and the author of three, most recently Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Discipleship (Paulist Press, 2015). Stegman taught at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, where he earned his M.Div. and STL degrees, from 2003 to 2008 and at Emory University, where he acquired his Ph.D., from 1997 to 2003. The Newton, Kansas, native is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He succeeds Mark Massa, SJ, who after six years as dean was named the director of Boston College’s Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.
Stanton Wortham is the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, SJ, Dean of the Lynch School of Education (1,054 students, including 615 undergraduates, and 65 full-time faculty). A professor and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education since 1998, he departed as the institution’s Berkowitz Professor and associate dean for academic affairs. Stegman’s research interests include the linguistic anthropology of education and online education. He has edited and written nine books, serves on the editorial boards of seven journals, including American Anthropologist and Qualitative Psychology, and was executive producer of Adelante (2014), a documentary about the joint efforts of Mexican immigrants and Irish-American parishioners to revitalize a church in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A native of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Wortham earned his BA from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in human development from the University of Chicago. He succeeds Maureen Kenny, who after five years as dean has returned to her role as a professor of counseling, developmental, and education psychology.
The new dean of the School of Social Work (510 students and 27 full-time faculty), Gautam N. Yadama most recently served as the assistant vice chancellor for international affairs and a professor in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Yadama studies the rural poor and the environmental challenges they face in South Asia and China. He is the author, most recently, of Fires, Fuel, & the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished (Oxford University Press, 2013), and is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health’s Implementation Science Network. Born in India, Yadama earned his BS from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in social policy and planning from Case Western Reserve University. His predecessor, Alberto Godenzi, served as dean for 15 years. As part of Boston College’s strategic planning effort, Godenzi has been tasked with exploring ways to expand and enhance the University’s global connections.
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