Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Emily Barman, PhD, Appointment New Dean of the Graduate School

April 17, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Barman, PhD, as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost of Graduate Education of Loyola University Chicago. She will join Loyola effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Barman comes to Loyola from Boston University, where she serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of sociology.

As associate dean at Boston University, Dr. Barman has been responsible for overseeing the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This is the largest graduate school at Boston University, which includes more than 40 master's and 30 PhD programs, with over 1,800 master’s and PhD students. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, management, and development. She is also responsible for the graduate curriculum, policies, discipline, student recruitment, admission, and financial aid.

In this role, she is recognized for her implementation of programming and resources in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the graduate level, and for increasing enrollment in a number of professional master's programs.

Dr. Barman is a recognized researcher and author. Her scholarship focuses on the social organization of altruism and philanthropy. In particular, she focuses on how societal factors can impede or facilitate such activity, structure the direction of socially oriented behavior, and shape the goals and methods of social purpose organizations.

Along with her impressive academic credentials and work on complex global problems confronting society, Dr. Barman brings an acute understanding of the Jesuit mission and values. She is especially interested in building community and promoting social justice consistent with the strategic vision being developed at Loyola.

The Graduate School Dean Search Committee pointed out these and many other strengths that they observed in Dr. Barman. The Committee wrote, “Dr. Barman was extremely articulate, giving clear answers to questions and demonstrating a clear understanding of universities as organizational systems (not surprising, given her scholarship on institutions, particularly nonprofit organizations). She asked good questions and was clearly eager to learn. She showed a keen interest in the well-being of graduate students, a clear commitment to many forms of diversity, and was able to describe several programs she initiated or managed that served those two purposes. Dr. Barman also had a developed sense of ‘social justice’ as it can work as an institutional mission, and was quite articulate on balancing the need for new revenues (and revenue-generating programs) with the need to support established scholarly degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. Moreover, helping students in traditional PhD degrees develop skills for jobs outside the academy was another area in which she had experience.”

Her latest research has been focused on the causes and consequences of the rise of market-based approaches to pro-poor health care (such as advanced market commitments, health enterprises, and primary care franchises) as led by public and nonprofit actors including the Center for Health Market Innovations, the Gates Foundation, HANSHEP, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

Dr. Barman’s most recent book was Caring Capitalism: The Meaning and Measure of Social Value in the Market (Cambridge University Press, 2016). It investigated social value as a distinct order of worth. Her related research was published in Journal of Management Studies, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sociological Forum, Valuation Studies, and Voluntas. Her book also gained acclaim from the American Academy of Management and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in history and sociology. Later, she earned her Master of Arts and PhD in sociology, both at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Barman’s other professional affiliations include membership in the Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, European Group for Organizational Studies, and Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

President Jo Ann Rooney and I are deeply grateful to the members of the Graduate School Dean Search Committee. They worked diligently over the past 12 months to bring us to this successful conclusion. Collectively, they developed and implemented the search and interview processes. In particular, they solicited community input on the candidate profile, identified and interviewed semi finalist candidates, and brought several impressive candidates forward as finalists in the interview process.

Our appreciation extends to the Search Committee Chair, Rhys H. Williams, a professor and chair at the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. He is also the director of the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion. The other members of the search committee are as follows:

  • Miguel Ballicora, professor, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Callan, graduate student, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rodney Dale, associate professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mitch Denning, professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Jonathan Eby, research graduate student, Health Sciences Division
  • Noni Gaylord-Harden, associate professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Yael Granot, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hanne Jacobs, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Leanne Kallemeyn, associate professor, Department of Research Methods, School of Education
  • Teresa Kilbane, associate professor, director of the PhD program, School of Social Work
  • James Knapp, professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Timothy O’Brien, professor, Department of Math/Statistics, Institute of Environmental Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karen Saban, associate professor of Research, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • Alan Wolfe, professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stritch School of Medicine

Thank you, also, to the many community members who shared their input about the qualities and qualifications they felt were important for our next Graduate School Dean.

As we look to the future, we are confident that Dr. Barman will elevate graduate education at Loyola. She shares the goal of our institution to provide a rich environment for intellectual endeavor, creativity, high-quality training, first-rate professional credentials, and student success. She will also help establish an expanded interdisciplinary curriculum. It will be put to work in the service of others within a diverse community.

We will provide more information in the weeks ahead about introductory events and opportunities for community dialogue with Dr. Barman as we welcome her to our University community.

Together in Loyola,
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, Provost and Chief Academic Officer