Gretchen J. Van Dyke, Ph.D.
EXCELLENCE IN INTEGRATING MISSION AND JUSTICE INTO THE CURRICULUM
Dr. Gretchen Van Dyke holds the rank of associate professor in the department of political science. She received her BA from Trinity College and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Van Dyke’s dedication to the Catholic and Jesuit mission of The University of Scranton is a well-known fact on our campus. Her courses, service activities and her scholarly agenda all incorporate mission and justice themes.
As an example of this work I cite her course Women in the Global Community which addresses political, societal and economic injustices facing women around the world. Her upper-division international studies seminar course focuses on contemporary issues of justice and has included the themes: war and peace, nuclear proliferation, genocide, Israel-Palestine, and conflicts and humanitarian needs in the Middle East. The final topic for the course is generally a discussion on Pope John XXIII’s 1963 encyclical Pacem in Terris which she will argue is “one of the most powerful prescriptions for building world peace”.
In fall 2012 Gretchen and Dr. Hal Baillie developed and offered a first year seminar on Ignatian citizenship and contemporary politics.
Gretchen serves as the University’s faculty representative to the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts since 2000 and in 2012 she began service as a member of that organization’s National Network Board.