The Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Humanities

Jack Doody

John A. Doody, PhD

John A. Doody, PhD, is the first recipient of the Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Humanities. Dr. Doody received his BA in Mathematics from LaSalle University and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He joined the Villanova faculty in 1969.

Dr. Doody’s scholarship focuses on issues in social and political philosophy, and particularly on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre. Recently he has served as Series Editor of Augustine in Conversation; Tradition and Innovation (Lexington Books) with Kim Paffenroth—which includes eleven published volumes and more in preparation. He also founded the journal, Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and serves as the Senior Editor.

Dr. Doody serves as the Director of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education, which he founded in 2007. He was also the first Director of the Augustine and Culture Seminar program (1992-2010), a position he held when he was appointed to the Birmingham Chair. Other administrative positions he’s held at the University include, Honors Director (1977-1982), Chair of the Philosophy department (1985-1992), Assistant or Associate Dean in the Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1995-2010) and Interim Dean of the College (2010-2011).

About the Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Core Humanities

Robert M. Birmingham ’66 CLAS is a former chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees and served on the steering committee of Transforming Minds and Hearts: The Campaign for Villanova, which began in 2005 and concluded in 2007. To recognize the Birmingham family’s many accomplishments and significant commitment to Villanova, the Endowed Chair in Core Humanities was established in Robert’s name in 1998.

The Robert M. Birmingham Endowed Chair in Core Humanities aims to emphasize the importance of the Humanities Seminar Program, a program that teaches undergraduate students the critical skills of writing, reading and listening through interdisciplinary studies. With the support of the Endowed Chair in Core Humanities – held by a faculty member from the Departments of English, Philosophy, History or Theology and Religious Studies – students will be able to proficiently analyze, interpret, and communicate information and convert this newly synthesized knowledge to wisdom.