Holly Ferraro appointed to Wismer Professorship

August 30, 2018

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Holly Ferraro has been appointed to the Patricia Wismer Professorship, Provost Shane Martin announced Sept. 29. 

Ferraro is associate professor in the Albers School of Business, director of the Professional MBA Program, and a faculty fellow of the Center for Business Ethics.  She currently co-chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative in Albers. 

“Ferraro’s general interest,” Martin wrote, “is in the relationship between one’s social identity (e.g., race, gender, and age) and how one navigates organizations. Her recent research investigates issue of gender and diversity and she collaborated with colleagues on a paper related to women and leadership. She is known for her outstanding teaching, her extensive scholarship in the field of diversity and inclusion, and the respect she has earned from her colleagues in Albers and from peers across the campus.” 

A two-year appointment, the Wismer Professorship is awarded to a tenured faculty member who is an accomplished scholar with a strong commitment to gender studies. The Wismer Professor serves the university as an intellectual leader, modeling academic excellence through a scholarly agenda and engaged campus conversation that is focused on issues of structural equality in keeping with our commitment to education for justice in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition. 

“The Wismer Chair has been an important resource for our university since 2009,” wrote Martin, “and a re-evaluation of its aims and direction is in order. The university will look to Dr. Ferraro for a thorough exploration of how the Wismer Professorship can, and should, take us into the next decade. We all look forward to Dr. Ferraro’s leadership of the Wismer Center.”