MacLean Chair holders through the years and current endowed chairs.

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MacLean Chair Brings Jesuit Scholars to Saint Joseph’s

The transformative power of a gift to Saint Joseph’s is evident in the vibrant intellectual community made possible through eight endowed faculty positions at the University.

“The scholars who come to Saint Joseph’s are not only recognized names with networks across global institutions, but also teachers with the capacity to educate,” said Jeanne F. Brady, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Dean of Education. “They truly bring us a new way of looking at the world.”

The Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair, the only rotating endowed chair at Saint Joseph’s, brings a visiting Jesuit scholar to the University each year. Past chair holders have had research interests in a range of disciplines: art, economics, English, history, language, philosophy, physics, sociology and theology.

SJU also attracts and recognizes teachers and scholars of national and international acclaim and distinction through permanent and rotating endowed chairs in other disciplines such as accounting, ethics, philosophy and risk management and insurance.

Insight and Influence across the University

The MacLean Chair is held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the arts and sciences. Established in 1987 through the generosity of lead donors Michael J. Morris ’56,  Joseph McKinney ’52 (Dec.) and the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s, it is intended to emphasize that the University’s Jesuit identity is inseparable from the finest teaching, scholarship and collegiate discourse. The Chair is named in honor of the University’s 24th president.

Recent MacLean Chairs have studied and taught about Middle East History and Irish culture, gender and sexuality issues, and art as investigation. Rev. Aquiline Tarimo, S.J., the MacLean Chair for the 2013-14 academic year in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, is teaching Christian Ethics and Human Rights, a class that explores the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its impact on public morality.

“Having a scholar of Fr. Tarimo’s stature is an honor for us that benefits both students and faculty,” Dr. Brady said. “This exposure to such influence and knowledge, especially as the number of Jesuits has declined worldwide, is especially critical for us as a Jesuit institution.”

Fr. Tarimo’s research interests focus on the ethics of human rights, foundations of public values, contemporary theories of justice, ethical methodology and the politics of land rights. “My public lecture, ‘The Future of Human Rights Debate,’ encouraged discussion about effective methodologies for promoting human rights today,” Fr. Tarimo said. “We talked about reform of the United Nations, human rights activism and human rights theories.”

The opportunity to explore such complex issues is a strategic benefit that also helps the University to recruit better students. When promoting its ability toinspire, educate and motivate the next generation of great scholars, Saint Joseph’s is prepared and equipped to deliver.