Peter J. Schraeder, Ph.D., has been named the dean of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), university officials announced June 3.
Officially starting July 1, Schraeder will replace Thomas J. Regan, S.J., Ph.D., who served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2015. Regan will leave Loyola June 30 after being reassigned to become the rector — the leader of the Jesuit community — at Fordham University, The Phoenix reported.
Schraeder served as a Loyola professor and the chair of the Department of Political Science since 2012. He has lived, lectured or performed research in 81 countries or territories and has authored or edited 10 books, according to the email sent by the university announcing his appointment.
“Dr. Schraeder embodies a decision-making approach based on transparency, communication, collaboration, and shared governance,” the email, signed by Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and Provost Norberto Grzywacz, read. “These traits will be crucial to leading CAS through the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Schraeder declined to comment on his new role, stating he didn’t want to talk publicly until he officially started. Goutham Menon, Ph.D., the chair of the search committee for the new dean, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
“Supporting and celebrating teaching and research excellence is Dr. Schraeder’s top priority in his new role,” Rooney and Grzywacz said in the email.
Another priority is to support and grow the diversity of the faculty, according to the email. They credited Schraeder’s “worldly experience” as what qualified him to fulfill these tasks.
Schraeder served as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher in Senegal and Tunisia and has held visiting appointments at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy, the University of Antilles in Guadeloupe, and the French Institute of African Research in Zimbabwe. In addition to teaching and conducting research internationally, Schraeder received a degree in French Civilization and Language at the Sorbonne in Paris, the email said.
After he graduated from Bradley University in 1982 with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and French, Schraeder received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He has been at Loyola since 1990, when he started as an assistant professor, according to university records.
Over the course of his 30 years at the university, he’s been awarded Faculty Member of the Year, Graduate Faculty Member of the Year and the Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, an award presented to two CAS teachers each year for the superb teaching of undergraduate students, according to the email.
During his time at Loyola, Schraeder has been involved in various aspects of administrative work. He was the chair on a “university-wide consultative process” that brought about the 2007 edition of the Faculty Handbook and was elected as the chair of the Faculty Council in 2009-10, according to the email.
He has also been involved with the development of a Master of Arts (MA) program in International Affairs. The MA would be interdisciplinary and includes five different schools at Loyola and eight departments in CAS, according to the email.
In addition to the MA, Schraeder “played a leading role” in the founding of Loyola’s Washington, D.C. Center. This center allows students to take a full course load of classes taught by Loyola faculty while working as interns in Washington.