Presentation of Sabbatical/Leave Recipients 2016
Jonathan Sanford, Ph.D., Dean, Constantin College
Sabbatical Awards Announcements
King-Haggar Awards Ceremony, UD, Jonathan J. Sanford, Dean of CCLA
It is my distinct privilege and great pleasure to share with you the names of the
Mark Goodwin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Theology
Dr. Goodwin has, as you know, taken on a great deal of administrative work in the
past five years between chairing his own department, serving as the Interim Dean of
the Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization between 2012-2014, and organizing
the outstanding Nostra Aetate events of this academic year. We are all indebted to him for his many services.
He is eager to step away from those duties and to dedicate focused time to scholarship
again. The first order of business is the completion of an article on St. Paul’s
Letter to the Romans which he plans to submit to the Journal of Biblical Literature. After that, he plans to devote extensive research time to the following three projects:
an article on another letter of Paul’s, 2 Corinthians and its use of sacrificial imagery
drawn from Jewish background; a book on Pauline theology viewed from a Catholic perspective;
and, developing 1-2 formal presentations for a Pauline seminar group that meets once
a year as part of the Catholic Biblical Association. In each of these projects Dr.
Goodwin will be seeking to understand Paul’s thought in his own ancient context, but
then also drawing out the implications of this understanding for a contemporary interpretation
of St. Paul.
Congratulations, Mark, and best wishes as you fight the good fight of biblical interpretation.
Thomas Jodziewicz, Ph.D., Professor of History
Dr. Jodziewicz has been working through the correspondence between Fr. John Carroll,
the first American Bishop, and Fr. Charles Plowden, a fellow Jesuit and Englishman
for the last several years. In about 100 letters, Bishop Carroll reflects on the
challenges of organizing a but-recently tolerated Church in the US, and his English
colleague, Fr. Plowden, also in about 100 letters, kept Bishop Carroll abreast of
disputes within the English Catholic community and of prospects for relief from the
penal laws. This correspondence was carried on through the time of the French revolution
and the war of 1812, and so a time marked by the separation of church and state, religious
toleration and liberty and a commitment to republicanism. In part because they did
not always agree, the Carroll-Plowden correspondence provides a unique portrait of
the Catholic perspective during a pivotal time in history.
Dr. Jodziewicz’s manuscript provides introductions to those letters in the correspondence
that are most historically significant, and extended footnotes to them. He plans
to use his sabbatical to complete the writing and editing of his manuscript.
Congratulations, Tom, and we wish you godspeed on the completion of this project.
Kyle Lemieux, M.F.A., Associate Professor and Chair of Drama, Director of University
Professor Lemieux has two main aims for his sabbatical. The first is to hone his
skills in the areas of Arts Management and Arts Leadership. He is the founder, producer
and artistic director of the Dallas Actor’s Lab, a company which has achieved both
critical success and financial stability in a few short years, and to build on that
success Professor Lemieux intends to study intimately both a local theatre company
of national prominence by taking up residence as a guest artist and administrator,
and to serve several mini-residences at theatre companies in New York and Chicago.
Professor Lemieux’s second goal is to revive his artistic work as an actor. Between
teaching, directing, and serving as chair of Drama, Professor Lemieux’s own work as
an actor has taken a back seat. Renewing his primary art form will, he anticipates,
not only refresh his own creative work, but make him a better teacher, director, and
Congratulations, Kyle; and, break a leg.
Tiffany Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Grad. Program
2016-17 Academic Year
Dr. Miller will be spending her sabbatical working to complete a book on 20th Century Political Thought and Public Policy, a work that was first inspired when
she began teaching courses on the theme in 2003. The standard interpretation that
the reforms which resulted in the so-called “welfare state” were consistent with the
founders’ vision of democracy and so a mere reaction to changing circumstances, Dr.
Miller will be arguing, profoundly oversimplifies what was in fact a complex re-evaluation
of the very nature of political life. Central to her thesis, then, is the claim that
the progressive transformation of American government was a transformation and reconstitution
of the fundamental principles of government, especially as it envisions the relationship
between the individual and his or her government, a reconstitution which looked to
Hegel as its head. Dr. Miller contends, moreover, that there are both destructive
and constructive elements to these new developments, and she intends to consider both
in order to explore thoroughly the progressive transformation of American government.
Dr. Miller has already done much of the necessary research on the extensive writings
of those responsible for shaping 20th Century Political Thought, and she intends to spend about 2/3 of her leave time writing
up that research, and another 1/3 wading through additional research.
Congratulations, Tiffany, and all the best on this monumental project.
John Osoinach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Chair of Mathematics
Dr. Osoinach, drawing on more than 25 years of teaching experience at liberal arts
colleges, intends to make substantial progress in writing a new textbook for Calculus.
Not much has changed in the world of textbook approaches to Calculus over the last
quarter century, which given the stability of this approach to mathematics may not
seem surprising, but it should be surprising given the advances in approaches with
respect to how best to teach Calculus.
What Dr. Osoinach intends is a textbook tailored especially for the needs and interests
of University of Dallas students and which incorporates the innovative teaching methods
of UD’s mathematics department. Dr. Osoinach’s basic approach will be to present
Calculus as the natural development of major themes from traditional mathematical
topics. This will provide the natural context for making sense of Calculus as a development
in mathematics, as opposed to a sui generis discipline that one must merely master;
thus, our students will be enabled to appreciate the integrity of Calculus with other
mathematical theories and indeed with the rest of their liberal education.
Congratulations, John, and best wishes on this noble task.
Philipp Rosemann, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Dr. Rosemann intends to work on a book for which he has already obtained a contract,
with Eerdmans, and which will appear in a series associated with the Radical Orthodoxy
movement. That contract, secured some years ago, had to be extended due to the service
that Dr. Rosemann has provided the university as Chair of his department as well as
the gift he has provided the profession through his editorial work for the Dallas
Medieval Texts and Translations series. As grateful as we are for those services,
we are happy that Dr. Rosemann will be able to devote himself to his book entitled,
The main thesis of this provocatively entitled book is that a transgressive moment
is inherent to the Christian tradition. This work will allow Dr. Rosemann to engage
in systematic philosophical and theological reflection and to bring his knowledge
of contemporary thought to bear on the Christian tradition. Though, as he himself
notes, his thesis is not completely original, Dr. Rosemann does anticipate surprising
his audience with his postmodern interpretations of Thomas Aquinas.
Congratulations, Philipp; and, we look forward to being surprised.
Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, President of Eta
Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa
2016-17 Academic Year
Dr. Waterman Ward has served well her profession, the university, and the local community
in a great many ways in recent years. She has been serving as secretary for the Newman
Society of America through a tumultuous period of its history, and has safely seen
it establish its footing once more. She has twice served as President of Phi Beta
Kappa at UD, she directs two writing groups, one for adults and the other for local
high school aged children, and she weekly teaches English to Spanish speakers through
St. Luke’s parish. Through it all, Dr. Waterman Ward has managed to complete a number
of smaller projects, but she longs to bring to fruition a major work that she has
had in mind for some years.
Dr. Waterman Ward’s book project, Eliot’s Angels: Mimesis and Ethics in the Novels of George Eliot, will be drawing not only her extensive background in Eliot studies, but her intimate
and rich knowledge of Rene Girard. Since 2008 several of Dr. Waterman Ward’s graduate
students have been able to utilize her paradigm for Eliot studies as a successful
springboard for their own studies, and she is eager to make her work available to
scholars in the wider academic community.
Congratulations, Bernadette, and may the intercession of Rene Girard help guide your
project to its best completion.