Keegan Named Arts and Sciences Dean

Bridget Keegan, Ph.D.

Keegan Named Arts and Sciences Dean

After nearly 20 years on the faculty of the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, Bridget Keegan, Ph.D., is now leading it.

In April, Keegan, a professor of English, was named dean of the college, following a two-year interim tenure in that role.

“Dr. Keegan has served as the interim dean for two years and has demonstrated an ability for teamwork and collaboration,” says Provost Ed O’Connor, Ph.D. “Most importantly, she puts students and their learning first. She is a passionate advocate for the liberal arts and sciences and is deeply committed to our Jesuit, Catholic mission. Her longstanding commitment to undergraduate research and to interdisciplinary innovation makes Dr. Keegan the right person to lead the College of Arts and Sciences at this time.”

Keegan earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined Creighton’s Department of English in 1996, where her teaching and scholarship in 18th- and 19th-century British literature have inspired students. She has held numerous leadership positions within the college, including chair of the English department from 2001 to 2004, associate dean from 2007 to 2009, and acting chair for the Department of Modern Languages from 2009 to 2010.

An outstanding student mentor, faculty collaborator, prolific author and presenter, Keegan helped lead the team responsible for the establishment of the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society on campus. She received the University’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2009 and the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award in 2011.