John. C. Hollwitz Appointed Vice President For Academic AffairsContact: Finnegan, Lisa
NEW YORK - John C. Hollwitz, Ph.D. has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fordham University effective July 1. Hollwitz comes to Fordham from Loyola College in Baltimore where he was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that he was A.F. Jacobson Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hollwitz said that he was attracted to Fordham's tradition of academic and intellectual excellence, and its position as the Jesuit Catholic University of New York City.
"I grew up in New York. Even when very young, I remember thinking of Fordham as a place of great intellectual achievement, a place of leadership in Jesuit education in New York and in the country as a whole," said Hollwitz.
Hollwitz holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska (1998) and a doctorate in Interdepartmental Studies in Speech from Northwestern University (1980). He holds masters degrees from Northwestern and from Creighton. He is a 1974 graduate, magna cum laude, of LeMoyne College in Syracuse and a graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan. While he will spend most of this year meeting faculty and staff, he hopes to continue teaching at some point in coming years.
"The classroom, the library, and the laboratories are the reason so many of us entered this profession, " he said. "For the sake of our own intellectual development and for the sheer joy of the work, I think that it's important for us as administrators to stay active as much as we can in teaching and research."
As an administrator he hopes to "help build a diverse faculty of first-rate scholars and teachers. Fordham has an extraordinary faculty. My goal is to support them any way I can."
Hollwitz's research interests include organizational behavior, psychological testing, and pre-employment integrity screening. His most recent projects involved creating interviews for use by nonprofits and health care industries to screen people for tendencies to violence, drug abuse, and theft.
"This is an exciting time to be in Catholic higher education - although not necessarily an easy time," he said. "At schools around the country, we are seeing a vigorous discussion of what it means to be an educator in an intellectual tradition nearly two thousand years old. These discussions enrich our intellectual lives. They shape how we encounter our students and our colleagues throughout higher education."
Hollwitz replaces Robert W. Carrubba, Ph.D., who held the post since 1995. Carrubba resigned to return to full-time to teaching and scholarly research and he will teach Latin at Fordham. Among Carrubba's many accomplishments was completing the restructuring of undergraduate programs, establishing new structures of governance for a newly integrated faculty of arts and sciences and chairing the committee on adult education, whose work led to the establishment of Fordham College of Liberal Studies in 1998.
"While the University recognizes the effects of Dr. Carrubba's leadership in many academic areas, we are particularly grateful for his important work, as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in bringing the project of restructuring our undergraduate programs ...to a successful conclusion," said Fordham University President the Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J. "He [also] chaired the committee on adult education, whose work led to the establishment of Fordham College of Liberal Studies in 1998."
Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City's Jesuit university. It has residential campuses in the north Bronx and Manhattan, as well as academic centers in Tarrytown and Armonk, N.Y.