Swindal Chosen to Lead Liberal Arts College and Graduate School
"The College is at the heart of our University in many important ways and I am confident that Jim has the skills and commitment to bring us to a new and higher level of excellence," said Dougherty. "With Jim's leadership, we are now in a position to move forward to enhance our teaching, research and service to God by serving our students."
In the past year, Swindal has administered the launch of the Center for African Studies, a University-wide program that aligns with the University's strategic goal to place a new emphasis on Africa and the African diaspora.
Swindal has participated on the College and University Core Revision Committees and numerous search committees at Duquesne, as well as the Diocese of Pittsburgh Higher Education Board. A recipient of the Board of Consulting Editors at Jeevalaya Institute of Philosophy, he received the 2009 Beard Ethics Leadership Award at Duquesne, among numerous other awards and distinctions.
"It is a great privilege and responsibility now to serve as the Dean of the McAnulty College," Swindal said. "I look forward very much to serving the faculty and staff of the College in this position-and ask for their support-as we all continue our work for the education of our students in our Catholic and Spiritan tradition."
An expert in ethics, Catholic philosophy and neo-pragmatism, Swindal arrived at Duquesne in 2005. He previously taught at John Carroll University in various positions and was a teaching fellow at Boston College, where he received his doctorate in philosophy.
Widely published, Swindal most recently wrote Action and Existence: A Case for Agent Causation, released earlier this year by Palgrave Macmillan. He also served as co-editor of The Sheed and Ward Catholic Philosophy Anthology, the first anthology of Catholic philosophy.
Active in a number of professional organizations, he has served as president of the Philosophers in Jesuit Education and as local coordinator of the annual meetings for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the Critical Theory Roundtable.
Swindal obtained his Master's of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., his Bachelor's of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from Gregorian University in Rome and earned both his master's and Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in philosophy at Gonzaga University. He completed his bachelor of arts in political science at Seattle University and continued post-graduate studies at the University of Washington-Seattle and the University of Frankfurt in Germany.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.