Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, North Park University
Gregor Thuswaldner is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago where he also served as Acting Provost in fall 2017. From 2003 until 2016, he was Professor of German and Linguistics and Interim Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired Gordon’s Department of Languages and Linguistics. He is also a co-founder, former Academic Director, and current Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award at Gordon College.
Thuswaldner studied English and German literature at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently completing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration at North Park University.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society, as well as an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts. He serves on the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Steering Committees of Private Institutions and Metropolitan and Urban Institutions. He is also Chair of the Board of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA).
He has written on literature, language, religion, culture, politics, and higher education. His publications have appeared in refereed journals, academic books, magazines, and American, German, and Austrian newspapers. His latest book publications are the co-edited volumes Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (2016) and The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (2017). He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Christianity and Culture, a volume on the writer Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989), and a collection of essays on good and evil.