Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Peter J. Schraeder, PhD, Appointed Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

June 3, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Peter J. Schraeder, PhD, has been appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Schraeder is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. He teaches in the interdisciplinary African Studies, Honors, Global and International Studies, and Islamic World Studies programs. Dr. Schraeder has been awarded three of the highest honors a faculty member can receive at our University. These honors were Faculty Member of the Year, Graduate Faculty Member of the Year, and the prestigious Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence. This latter award is presented to two CAS teachers each year and recognizes superb teaching of undergraduate students.

Dr. Schraeder has lived, lectured, or performed research in 81 countries and territories, including 34 in Africa. His teaching draws on his broad overseas experiences. He received his Master of Arts and PhD in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Before that, he completed a double major in International Studies and French at Bradley University. He also received a degree in French Civilization and Language at the Sorbonne in Paris and a certificate in French from the Catholic Institute of Paris. Dr. Schraeder has served as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal and the University of Tunis in Tunisia. In addition, he has held visiting appointments at the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, the University of the Antilles in Guadeloupe, and the French Institute of African Research in Zimbabwe.

Supporting and celebrating teaching and research excellence is Dr. Schraeder’s top priority in his new role. He is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of 10 books. His forthcoming book is Understanding Contemporary Africa. He has research interests in four major areas. They are foreign policy analysis, United States and European foreign policies toward Africa and the Middle East, African politics and international relations, and intervention in world politics.

Dr. Schraeder embodies a decision-making approach based on transparency, communication, collaboration, and shared governance. These traits will be crucial to leading CAS through the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous leadership roles, he has shepherded a range of initiatives. These included chairing a University-wide consultative process that resulted in the 2007 edition of the Faculty Handbook and working on several faculty-related issues as elected chair of Faculty Council in 2009-2010. He strives to build greater unity and collegiality in his own department. In response to a university priority to increase the number of enrolled master’s students, he currently oversees the development of a new interdisciplinary MA in International Affairs. This MA draws on classes from five different schools at Loyola and eight departments in CAS. Moreover, the MA includes dual BA/MA-BS/MA tracks in 10 of the participating programs. He also played a leading role in the creation of the interdisciplinary Washington, DC Center. This center enables undergraduate students to pursue a full course load of classes taught by Loyola faculty while gaining professional experience as interns in offices in Washington.

A deep commitment to the Ignatian ideal of cura personalis is central to Dr. Schraeder’s approach to teaching, research, and administration. He recently served as the faculty mentor and dissertation director for three African Jesuits. These students were from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Madagascar. Each of these students was funded by the Jesuit community to pursue PhDs in political science. Dr. Schraeder’s worldly experience uniquely positions him to build international student bridges within the College, another key priority in his new role as dean. Yet another priority is continuing to build and support an outstanding, diverse faculty reflective of our diverse student body.

Besides congratulating Dr. Schraeder, we express our appreciation to the search committee members. In particular, we thank the committee chair, Goutham Menon, PhD, professor and dean of the School of Social Work. The care and hard work he and his members undertook these past weeks has been essential in helping us arrive at this important appointment for our University.


  • Thea Strand, PhD, advanced lecturer, Department of Anthropology, CAS
  • Marty Berg, PhD, professor, Department of Biology, CAS
  • Jessica Eisenberg, lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CAS
  • Jonathan Mannering, PhD, senior lecturer and undergraduate program director, Department of Classical Studies, CAS
  • Chandra Sekharan, PhD, professor and chairperson, Department of Computer Science, CAS
  • Brandi Vigil, MS, full-time faculty member, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, CAS
  • Gail Baura, PhD, director of engineering science and professor, Department of Engineering Science, CAS
  • Sherrie Weller, senior lecturer and writing program director, Department of English, CAS
  • Sarah Gabel, PhD, chairperson, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, CAS
  • Tanya Stabler Miller, PhD, assistant professor, Department of History, CAS
  • Emily Peters, PhD, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CAS
  • Scott Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, assistant professor of Spanish and graduate program director, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, CAS
  • Mark Waymack, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Philosophy, CAS
  • Stuart Wick, PhD, instructor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CAS
  • Peter Sanchez, PhD, graduate program director, Department of Political Science, CAS
  • Bob Morrison, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and undergraduate program director, Department of Psychology, CAS
  • Dana Garbarski, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, CAS
  • Marcia Hermansen, PhD, professor and director of Islamic World Studies, Department of Theology, CAS
  • Arthur Lurigio, PhD, professor and faculty scholar, Departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice and Criminology, CAS; senior associate dean for faculty; director, Center for the Advancement of Research, Training, and Education
  • Eileen Kearns, executive assistant to the dean, CAS
  • Badia Ahad, PhD, associate professor and university core curriculum director, Department of English, CAS
  • Jacob Palmer, BA student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CAS
  • Tavis Jules, PhD, associate professor, School of Education
  • Eilene Edejer, PhD, clinical assistant professor, assessment coordinator, School of Education

Dr. Schraeder will succeed Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD. He has served as the dean of the College since 2015 and has been a strong advocate for a liberal arts education. We want to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Regan for the excellent leadership that he has demonstrated within the College. We wish him all the best in his next role as the rector of the Jesuit community at Fordham University. In an upcoming email, we will announce a virtual event, where we will gather as a community to thank Tom.

As a scholar, teacher, and administrator dedicated to Jesuit ideals, we are confident in Dr. Schraeder’s ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students, and lead our College. His able leadership will be key as we confront the immediate and long-term challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. He has vision and devotion to the missions of Loyola. These qualities will ensure continued innovation, development, and success within the College and across the University.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Schraeder for his appointment to this significant position.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer