VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University has appointed Peter Kanelos as dean of Christ College effective July 1.
In his role as dean, Kanelos will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination and guidance of Christ College.
Most recently he has been a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.
"Professor Kanelos brings to Christ College a variety of important gifts: extensive experience at strong Catholic universities that are mission-driven; a well informed love for interdisciplinary education; and both the energy and the imagination required to build new programs,” Valparaiso University Provost Mark Schwehn said in a news release. “These strengths are vitally important, since Professor Kanelos will be the first dean in the nearly half century of the college's existence to have been selected from outside of the university."
At Loyola University Chicago, Kanelos has chaired several committees in addition to serving as a core faculty member of the honors program, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program. Kanelos brings a distinguished background as an educator and administrator who has developed innovative programs and worked across departments and disciplines to create a cohesive student curriculum.
Valparaiso University's Christ College offers an honors environment where faith and learning are cherished, where interdisciplinary education fosters independent critical thinking and where virtues such as charity, humility and courage are nurtured, according to a VU news release.
Kanelos holds a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at University of Chicago, an MA in political philosophy and literature from the University Professors Program at Boston University and a BA in English from Northwestern University.