Brownsberger bids farewell to take seminary post

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Clare Myers
Contributing Writer

After more than 11 years of teaching at the University of Dallas, theology professor Dr. William Brownsberger will leave the university to join the faculty of Conception Seminary College.
Brownsberger will assume the post of academic dean at the Catholic seminary college, a position he looks forward to.

“Seminary work is something I really believe in,” Brownsberger said.
As academic dean, he will oversee the liberal arts education of the more than 100 students in the seminary. He hopes to “bring a little of UD up there.”

“We do the Catholic liberal arts thing really well,” he said.
The UD professor has family in northwestern Missouri, where Conception is located, and he was acquainted with the school before the position became available.

When it opened up, the Conception administration asked him to apply.  Brownsberger made the decision just before Christmas to accept the job offer, and he believes it was a good choice.
“It just seemed like a good fit,” he said. He has worked with seminarians in Dallas previously, and is looking forward to doing so again.

The best part, according to Brownsberger, is “helping them discern God’s calling for them.”

At the seminary college, his part in the seminarians’ formation will be centered in academics. He will be involved in the young men’s intellectual formation by teaching pre-theology and intensive English-language studies programs, among other subjects.
Conception has a four-year undergraduate curriculum. Brownsberger expects to enjoy working in the administration full time, especially in a place so near to his family.
Though he looks forward to taking on a new job, he admits he is reluctant to leave UD.

“It’s not an easy thing to do at all,” he said.
Brownsberger has had a rich and varied experience at the university: In addition to teaching here for more than a decade, working in both Irving and Rome, he also earned his undergraduate degree at UD.
“[Students at UD] are big-hearted with colorful personalities and are very zealous to learn,” he said.

He mentioned relationships with other faculty members as one of the most important elements of his years here, explaining that he has learned a great deal from his colleagues and has formed close friendships.

The best aspect of UD – and the one he will miss the most – is the people who make the school unique.
“I don’t think you find students like you do here anywhere else,” he said. Brownsberger’s departure is lamented by students across the board.

“I’ll miss him,” said junior theology major Matt Barber, citing examples of the professor’s interesting methods of teaching and his engaging personality.

Although Brownsberger looks forward to this new stage in his career, he won’t forget the time he spent here.
“I’m going to miss UD every day,” he said.

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