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Creighton Timms Professor/Magis Core Director and Associate Magis Core Director Named

Fr. SimondsCreighton University College of Arts and Sciences recently named the Rev. Thomas Simonds, SJ, the next Timms Professor and Magis Core Director, and Guy McHendry, PhD, as associate Magis Core Curriculum director, a new position created to support the director, effective July 1, 2020. Fr. Simonds is a professor in the Department of Education at Creighton, and will take over the role from Lydia Cooper, PhD, associate professor in the Department of English, who will begin her role as chair of the Department of English at that time. McHendry is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

Fr. Simonds has held a number of leadership positions in Catholic schools, including dean of student discipline, principal, and governing board member. As associate chair of the Education Department, he was responsible for national and state level specialized accreditation. He was also a member of the presidential committee that oversaw the successful mission reaccreditation of Creighton by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. He served as graduate program director for 10 years, and in this capacity engaged in ongoing program assessment and continuous program improvement based on assessment data. Fr. Simonds currently teaches an explorations course in Creighton’s Magis Core Curriculum, and as associate chair led the approval process of the designated core courses for the BS in Elementary Education major. He has worked with other faculty at Creighton to develop curricular innovations, including online courses, hybrid courses, and courses that integrate the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm. The author of more than 20 articles and three books on Catholic educational issues, most recently he is one of six authors of a new book published in 2020 titled Your School’s Catholic Identity: Name It, Claim It, and Build On It.

Guy McHendryMcHendry researches rhetoric, with an emphasis on contemporary discourses of surveillance and security. His co-edited book, Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life, won the 2018 Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication. Most recently, with his co-author Kyle Larson (Miami University-Ohio), McHendry published an article titled “Parasitic Publics” in Rhetoric Society Quarterly that analyzes efforts by white supremacists to mainstream their rhetoric in online discussion. McHendry teaches a variety of courses, including From Big Brother to Big Data: Surveillance Culture, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Gender Communication, Resisting the Politics of Everyday Life, and Communication and Community. McHendry is also the basic course director for COM 101 and has worked on a multitude of efforts to develop, implement and assess the Magis Core Curriculum.

Both Fr. Simonds and McHendry will be on sabbatical beginning fall 2020, so the inaugural Timms Professor, Kevin Graham, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, will serve as acting core director for fall 2020.

“I would like to thank Dr. Cooper for her tremendous leadership during her three-year term as Timms Professor,” Bridget Keegan, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “Dr. Cooper ensured that we completed the assessment of the full core as well as revising the core learning objectives to address assessment findings. I also thank Dr. Graham for stepping in as acting director and look forward to the leadership by Fr. Simonds and Dr. McHendry in the coming year.”


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