Bridget M. Keegan, Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University, where she has served in an interim leadership role since 2013.
“Dr. Keegan has served as the interim dean for two years and has demonstrated an ability for teamwork and collaboration. Most importantly, she puts students and their learning first,” said Provost Ed O’Connor. "She is a passionate advocate for the liberal arts and sciences and is deeply committed to our Jesuit, Catholic mission. Her long-standing 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 joined the Department of English in 1996. She is a professor of English and a scholar of 18th- and 19th-century British literature; she earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has held numerous leadership positions within the college, including chair of the English Department from 2001–2004, associate dean from 2007–2009, and acting chair for the Department of Modern Languages from 2009–2010.
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.