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Rhett Forman Designs General Studies Major at Tarleton State

Rhett Forman, PhD '17, is bringing the mission of the University of Dallas westward, to Stephenville, TX. He has been appointed by Tarleton State to design a general studies major, which he hopes to model after the curriculum he observed at UD.

Classical Education Program Reaches Westward

In January, University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School Assistant Dean & Affiliate Assistant Professor Matthew Post, Ph.D. '15, visited John Adams Academy in Roseville, California. Founded in 2010, John Adams Academy is a K-12 charter school dedicated to creating servant leaders through a classical education.

STEM & Liberal Arts Education: Parallel Lines that Meet?

"The roots of the STEM disciplines are grounded in our desire to know," she said. "STEM as thought of as its constituent parts (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), particularly science and mathematics, is fundamental to the study of the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) of the seven liberal arts," Weisse said. "But the quadrivium does not stand alone, it is paired with the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, logic) which teaches a potent use of language."

UD Professors Build Renaissance of Liberal Learning

Scott Crider, Ph.D., professor of English at the University of Dallas, and Matthew Spring, affiliate assistant professor of English, are writing a new book titled "A New Trivium: 100 Things to Know for College - and Life!" The work is devoted entirely to the trivium and how a classical education applies to the academic and social lives of college students through the liberal arts.

Called to Lead

"Leading well is ultimately living well," said Brett Bourbon, associate professor of English and co-director of UD's new Master of Leadership program. "It requires the virtues of courage and perseverance. It requires self-awareness and an acuity in understanding others and complex situations."

Called to Teach

The University of Dallas has always understood that good teaching goes beyond the simple transfer of information and has the power to shape individual human lives and characters. And, by a conservative estimate, UD alumni will pass on the wisdom of a people to approximately 40,000 students this year at public, private and charter schools. That's an appropriate legacy and a sober responsibility for a school who aims to form its students in virtue so that they may lead and serve their communities. With more than 60 years of experience forming teachers, the university been hard at work on new ways to prepare teachers for work in this problematic and changing world.

Braniff Graduate School Dean Builds Movement to Renew Liberal Arts Education

While the University of Dallas has long promoted the liberal arts, it proved its leadership in the international movement to revive classical education earlier this month, when Joshua Parens, Ph.D., dean of Braniff Graduate School, served as one of the plenary speakers at the European Liberal Arts Conference.

Ballot of Success

Before co-founding one of the nation's most recognized conservative consulting agencies in the Lone Star State, alumnus Ross Hunt, PhD '16, withdrew from his doctoral studies at the University of Dallas, shelving his dissertation on the verge of graduation -- to return nearly a decade later. As one of 14 recently announced Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellows, Hunt now joins the ranks of some of the nation's most influential professionals working in politics.

Right Where I'm Supposed to Be

Andrea Wierzchowski, MPsy '15, has a heart for bringing counseling and mental health care options to disadvantaged communities. Wierzchowski's dedication and passion recently attracted attention on a national scale when she received a competitive scholarship from The Melanie Foundation for her work raising mental health awareness in traditionally underserved communities.

A Career in the Current of Liberal Arts Education

Last summer marked the beginning of the Classical Education Graduate Program and a partnership between the University of Dallas and Great Hearts Academies, a public charter system of academically rigorous, classical, liberal arts K-12 schools. This summer, the partnership continues to grow as the University of Dallas welcomed a second cohort of Classical education graduate students to campus.

Doctoral Candidates Awarded Prestigious Weaver Fellowship

Two University of Dallas doctoral candidates in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts Institute of Philosophic Studies (IPS), Leta Sundet, MA '16, and Pavlos Papadopoulos, MA '14, were recently awarded the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

How a Ph.D. Can Change Your Perspective

By Commencement, nine students of the Institute of Philosophic Studies will have earned their Ph.D.'s after publicly defending their dissertations. With topics from Plato to More, Homer to Heaney, Ph.D. candidates have done extensive and impressive work on several of the most important facets of the Western intellectual tradition.