Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Professor Bucholz concludes three successful years as department chair

Professor Bucholz concludes three successful years as department chair

At the end of June 2016, Professor Robert O. Bucholz will conclude his three-year term as Chair of the History Department. During his tenure, Bob cultivated a culture of excellence that stressed the importance of teaching, research, and service. 

Under his watch, History faculty and students won a significant number of awards. This included three consecutive winners of the annual Sujack Family Faculty Research Excellence Award, three major book prizes, a dissertation of the year, and an undergraduate research award.  Teaching awards included the Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence---the department’s first since Bucholz won the inaugural prize in 1994---several Master Teacher Awards, a Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Mentoring, and the Provost Award for Teaching Freshman.  Passionately devoted to the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis (care for the person), Bucholz fostered an environment in which History students won the Regents’ Award three years running and the President’s Medallion in 2015.

In 1988, after having received his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford (U.K.), Bucholz moved to Chicago and joined Loyola University’s History faculty. An internationally renowned historian of Tudor-Stuart England, he is the author of five books, the online Database of Court Offices, 1660-1837, and numerous articles. Several of his video recorded sets for “The Great Courses,” including London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World, have brought his trademark lecture style into venues across the globe. A generation of students lucky enough to have experienced him “live” will fondly remember Bucholz as the beloved teacher of the two-semester Introduction to Western Civilization (101/102). He was named the SGLC and Maroon and Gold Society Faculty Member of the Year in 2015.

As Bob returns to full-time teaching, research, and his knight-errant’s quest for quaffable English Ale on this side of the Pond, please click here to share your favorite memory or click here to give a gift in his honor.