Endowed Chairs

Meet our Endowed Chairs and Professors

Students, staff and faculty at Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences benefit from working closely with some of the world’s most talented scholars: our endowed chair holders and professors.

Endowed Chairs

The A.F. Jacobson Chair in Communication (1980)

John J. O’Keefe, PhD, chairholder

  • Professor of Theology; Specializes in Patristic theology; particular interests in early Christian biblical commentary, doctrinal development and theology and the environment
  • Email: jokeefe [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Endowed Chair in Jewish Civilization (1988)

Leonard J. Greenspoon, PhD, chairholder

  • Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; author; Jewish civilization scholar; noted worldwide speaker
  • Email: ljgrn [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Chair for Women in Science (1992)

Mackenzie Taylor, PhD, chairholder

  • Assistant Professor of Biology; research interest in plant reproductive biology and development
  • Email: MackenzieTaylor [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Amelia B. & Emil G. Graff Faculty Chair in Catholic Theological Studies (1997)

Todd Salzman, PhD, Chairholder

  • Professor of Theology
  • Email: ToddSalzman [at] creighton [dot] edu

The John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities (1998)

J. Patrick Murray, PhD, Chairholder

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Email: jpm [at] creighton [dot] edu

John N. Mordeson, PhD Endowed Chair in Mathematics (2006)

Lance Nielsen, PhD, chairholder

  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Email: LanceNielsen [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology (2011)

Eileen C. Burke-Sullivan, STD, Chairholder

  • Associate Professor of Theology; Vice Provost for Mission and Ministry; Director of the Online Master of Arts in Ministry and Associate Director of the Master of Christian Spirituality program
  • Email: e_burkesullivan [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Frederick H. and Anna K. Scheerer Chair in Mathematics (2013)

Davender Malik, PhD, chairholder

  • Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Email: malik [at] creighton [dot] edu

Rev. John P. Schlegel, SJ, Distinguished Professorship in Politics and Government

James Wunsch, PhD, chairholder

Professor of Political Science
Director of the department’s Public Affairs Internship Program
Email: jwunsch [at] creighton [dot] edu


Endowed Professorships

The Casper Professorship (2014)

Heather Fryer, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of History; Director of the American Studies program
  • Email: HeatherFryer [at] creighton [dot] edu

The Timms Professorship (2014)

Kevin Graham, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Magis Core Curriculum
  • Email: kgraham [at] creighton [dot] edu