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Dr. Mark Goodwin, chairman and associate professor of the University of Dallas theology department, will become interim dean of the School of Ministry upon the departure of current dean Brian Schmisek in June.
“I am pleased and humbled to have been appointed to the position of interim dean and to serve the School of Ministry in its time of transition,” Goodwin said.
The School of Ministry, which has been with the university since 1987, has recently made significant advances under Schmisek’s tenure, including the institution of an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry, a master’s degree in Catholic school teaching, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference and other programs.
“The School of Ministry does very important work for the diocese and university,” Goodwin said. “My primary work will be maintaining the smooth operation of the various programs in the School of Ministry.”
In June Schmisek will become director of Loyola University of Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He spoke well of UD and his time with the School of Ministry.
“I believe deeply in the mission of the University of Dallas, which is what attracted me here,” Schmisek said in a recent press release. “A vibrant Catholic faith, responsive to the needs of the Church, combined with the highest academic standards, is a hallmark of the School of Ministry in particular and the university in general. This is a remarkable place with tremendous potential, and I am proud to have served as the school’s founding dean.”
Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins University and two masters’ (one in philosophy and one in religion) and a doctorate from Yale. Goodwin has been with the university since 1993 and has held the position of department chair since 2010.
“Mark Goodwin’s longtime service to the University of Dallas, including the effective leadership he has demonstrated as chair of the department of theology, will undoubtedly help continue our School of Ministry’s forward momentum,” president Thomas Keefe said in a recent press release. “I am so delighted he has agreed to assume this responsibility.”
In addition to teaching a wide range of theology courses, Goodwin specializes in the New Testament and its first century Jewish environment. Goodwin published a book in 2001 title “Paul, Apostle of the Living God: Kerygma and Conversion in 2 Corinthians,” which discusses Paul’s theology and its inherent Jewish quality.
“The School of Ministry has made great progress in recent years,” UD Executive Vice President and Provost Bill Berry said. “Mark’s leadership will continue that progress and advance the university’s service to the Church.”
The change will go into effect very soon, and Goodwin is thankful for the School of Ministry’s help, knowing the difficulty in hiring a new dean so quickly.
“The transition is going very smoothly,” Goodwin said. “The School of Ministry faculty and staff have been welcoming and supportive. Having some experience in teaching pastoral ministry courses, I appreciate the challenges faced by the school and its faculty.”