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Four Concordia-Chicago faculty members selected for Notre Dame Summer Institute


Four faculty members at Concordia University Chicago have been accepted into the 10th Annual Notre Dame Summer Institute, focused on “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century.” The event will take place in June 2018 and is co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the United States Institute of Peace.

Dr. Michelle Morkert, professor of women’s and gender studies; William Pierros, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Kathryn Wozniak, assistant professor of instructional design and technology; and Dr. David Settje, professor of history, will participate in the weeklong program on the Notre Dame campus. The Summer Institute “brings together teams of academics who want to launch peace studies programs at their colleges or universities, strengthen or develop a new dimension to peace studies programs, or move established peace studies programs to the next level of design and rigor,” according to the university.

“This interdisciplinary team of faculty represents several key foci of international studies and peace and conflict studies including history, political science, international relations, gender studies, technology and innovation,” said Morkert. “This team will work on developing the framework for new academic programs at Concordia University Chicago.”

“Participation in the Summer Institute represents the first Concordia University Chicago Innovation Grant in Peace Studies, and begins to address the current need for this kind of programming,” said Dr. Tom Jandris, senior vice president and dean of CUC’s College of Innovation and Professional Programs. “To have all four of these faculty members accepted in the first round is truly something in which we can take great pride.”