Endowed Chair

Franciscan Endowed Chair

Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration

The Sisters of St. Francis Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration was established to deepen the understanding of Lourdes University as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis. As the University carries forward the mission and heritage of its sponsor, it is imperative that knowledge of and reflection on the traditional four core Franciscan values – contemplation, conversion, minority, and poverty – and their current embodiment of the four core values of Lourdes University - community, learning, reverence, and service – be integrated into the curriculum life of the University in meaningful ways. The Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration has been established to encourage faculty to seek ever new ways to deepen the Franciscan character of educational experiences.

Dr. Holly L. Baumgartner will serve as the endowed chair for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Holly L. Baumgartner, Ph.D.

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Dr. Holly Baumgartner is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of English at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. Her research focus is in ethics and the ethical relation with the Other, in all its manifestations. She holds a double major B.A. in Classical Studies: Ancient Greek and English Literature from the University of Toledo; M.A. in Culture Studies with an emphasis in Native American History, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing with a cognate in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Baumgartner has taught, presented, and published internationally. She states her interest in Franciscanism was sparked through her participation in the Lourdes Franciscan pilgrimage on which she traveled in May 2012.

“The trip was life altering, in part because of my close-knit fellow pilgrims from Lourdes and other Franciscan universities and in part because of where our ‘educating’ took place. Assisi and Rome have no boundaries between past and present. History lives. And, in so doing, it lives on in us, who return to our teaching, leading, and researching with a firm commitment to share what we experienced.”

During her time as chair, Dr. Baumgartner will focus on:

  1. Researching and presenting at a conference on Franciscanism and Levinasian ethics
  2. Crafting a “Franciscan Toolkit” in conjunction with Dr. John Gambro, Dean of Education, University of St. Francis, Joliet. This Toolkit will feature “The Franciscan Five,” grab and go materials for faculty and staff use
  3. Presenting the Endowed Chair Lecture

Work in Progress:

  • Proposal Accepted for 2014 AFCU Symposium, Aston, PA, 3–5 June 2014
  • Work site and preliminary sketches completed on pieces of Toolkit

Work Completed:

  • Paper presented: "Levinas and Francis: Radical Ethics for Radical Times," Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Milwaukee, WI, 7–10 November 2013

Endowed Chair

Endowed Chair

Holly L. Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration, 2013-2014


For information about Lourdes University Endowed Chairs:
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