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Bridget Keegan

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Creighton University

Bridget Keegan was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University in 2015, after serving two years as Interim Dean.  Now in her twenty-third year at Creighton, she has held a variety of positions, including chairing the English department as well as the department of Modern Languages, serving a term as Associate Dean, and directing the university’s office of scholarships and fellowships. Dr. Keegan is deeply committed to the transformative power of a liberal arts education and led the team that brought a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to Creighton’s campus in 2012.  More recently she was instrumental in the design and launch of Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions, which will support innovative, interdisciplinary research and curriculum. As a faculty member and now as dean, she is dedicated to creating a strong, institution-wide commitment for high-impact practices, most notably undergraduate research. She is equally passionate about student advising and mentoring and has recently begun a four-year comprehensive advising program for students that draws its foundation on the principles of discernment and service expressed by the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Dr. Keegan received her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Keegan’s areas of scholarly and teaching interests include eighteenth-century British literature, environmental literature and Catholic writers.  She has written and edited numerous books and published over 40 essays, many devoted to the work of laboring-class authors.  She serves as a grant reviewer for the NEH and the National Humanities Center as well as a reviewer for numerous journals and university presses.

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