The Office of the Provost announced changes to the staff in its Division of Academic Affairs in an email sent to the Loyola community Monday.
The Office of the Provost’s Division of Academic Affairs oversees the 11 colleges and schools at Loyola and other student development programs involving community outreach, research and academic support.
Patrick Boyle will return to the Department of Political Science as a professor in the fall after working 12 years in the Office of the Provost, most recently as vice provost. Michael Kaufman will take the position as interim vice provost.
Margaret Faut Callahan, acting provost and chief academic officer, said the university is making these changes to provide support for academic and research programs at Loyola while the university searches for a new provost.
John Pelissero stepped down from the role of provost and chief academic officer in November. Callahan replaced him as interim provost until the university could find someone to permanently fill the role, The Phoenix reported.
Boyle spent his time with the Office of the Provost focusing on international programs, global initiatives and University Centers of Excellence — on-campus centers that connect research and academics with community outreach, which involves educating community members on important topics and advocating for change. There are six centers on campus, including the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.
Callahan credited Boyle with several accomplishments during his time as vice provost, including the expansion of study abroad experiences at Loyola to more than one-third of the student population, the creation of an international immersion program and additional resources for international students.
Kaufman, who’ll take Boyle’s position, will also continue his role as dean of the School of Law. He has increased enrollment in the law school as a whole and its various programs.
Kaufman’s responsibilities in his new position will include the oversight of the University Centers of Excellence and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy — a center on campus which encourages professors to incorporate Ignatian values, such as “Care for the Whole Person,” into their teaching strategies.
Kaufman said in an email to The Phoenix he looks forward to working with leaders in the Centers of Excellence at Loyola.
Fr. Frank LaRocca and Rachel Shefner will also join the Office of the Provost. LaRocca will focus on international education programs and outreach as special assistant to the provost for global and international education. Shefner will maintain quality assurance at Loyola as director of accreditation and academic regulatory compliance. Both will continue their existing positions — LaRocca as assistant dean of international initiatives in the Quinlan School of Business and Shefner as associate director of the Center for Science and Math Education — while taking on their new roles.
This follows the announcement of other administration changes in the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies earlier this summer.
The email also included an updated organizational chart for the Office of the Provost.