Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Dana Garbarski Appointed Director of Core Curriculum

August 26, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Garbarski, PhD, as director of the University Core Curriculum.

The University Core Curriculum is the heart of every Loyola University Chicago student's undergraduate experience. The Core is designed to provide breadth and depth to a student’s program of study no matter what their major. Accordingly, the Core introduces students to key concepts and modes of thought in a variety of intellectual endeavors.

The director oversees the continuing development and evolution of the Core, and provides academic and administrative leadership. Dana will chair the Core subcommittee of the Board of Undergraduate Studies, as well as work with support units on articulation requests and collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on Core assessment. With deans and chairpersons, she will work with departments to promote the development of interdisciplinary curricula and will engage the unique disciplinary grounding of instructors to enhance Core course offerings.

Dana brings to the Core a background in interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as methodological expertise. She is an associate professor in sociology and holds a three-year term as the Carolyn Farrell Endowed Chair at the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Her research and teaching interests include social determinants of health, health and society, the life course, and social stratification and inequality. Dana has expertise in survey methodology and quantitative methods, research methods, and demography. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also earned master’s degrees in sociology and population health and a doctorate in sociology. Dana is the author of numerous journal articles and scholarly presentations.

I am grateful to Dana for her willingness to take on this important role. She succeeds Badia Ahad, PhD, who was recently named vice provost for faculty affairs. l am deeply grateful as well to Badia for her leadership as we continued to strengthen emphasis on interdisciplinarity, the liberal arts, diversity, and justice. These areas of emphasis are integral to the development of critically reflective students who can communicate and understand across perspectives.

I thank the members of the Core search committee for their time and commitment to a successful outcome:

  • Gail Baura, Professor, Engineering Science
  • JoBeth D'Agostino, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Programs
  • Naomi Fisher, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Robyn Mallett, Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Diversity
  • Adam Patricoski, Assistant Dean, Student Academic Affairs
  • Shweta Singh, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Tanya Stabler, Associate Professor, History
  • Joseph Vukov, Assistant Professor, Bioethics/Philosophy
  • Thomas Wetzel, Assistant Professor, Theology

Please join me in welcoming Dana to the Core and thanking Badia for her service. The Core is a distinctive and critical component of a transformative undergraduate education at Loyola. Therefore, we should all be grateful for the strong and thoughtful stewardship provided by our colleagues to the success of the Core.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer