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Press Release: Three DeSales Faculty Members Named to Endowed Professorships - First in School's History
Date: 7/24/2008


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Three DeSales Faculty Members Named to Endowed Professorships - First in School's History

Three faculty members at DeSales University have been appointed to endowed professorships, the first such positions in the school's history. They are: Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, who was named the Father Louis Brisson, OSFS, Professor of Salesian Spirituality; Dr. Brian Kane, who was named the Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology; and Elizabeth Rosa, who was named the Father Thomas J. Furphy, OSFS, Professor of Business. The appointments are for terms of five years, which are renewable.

Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, announced the appointments during the Spring 2008 semester. According to Father O'Connor, the endowed professorships honor distinguished professors who are completely committed to the mission of the University and who deeply value the Christian humanist tradition.

Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, the Father Louis Brisson, OSFS, Professor of Salesian Spirituality, joined the DeSales faculty in 1988 and was promoted to professor of theology in 2001. Fr. Dailey also serves as director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, which he founded in 2000. In addition, he served as chairman of the department of philosophy & theology from 1994 to 2001. Father Dailey earned a bachelor's degree from DeSales University, then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, in 1981. He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1984 to 1988, and from 1990 to 1993, completing his doctoral degree with a dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He also has taught in programs for the National Institute for Clergy Formation, the Washington Theological Union, Immaculata College and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Father Dailey was ordained as a priest in 1987, ordained as a deacon in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City in 1986, and professed his vows in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1984. A prolific writer, he has published several books and has written, edited or translated numerous works in scholarly journals. A resident of Center Valley, Fr. Dailey is a regular contributor to The Morning Call newspaper, and also has provided commentary to various other local, regional and national media.

Dr. Brian Kane, the Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology, has served as chairperson of the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales since 2004. Kane first joined the faculty as instructor of moral theology at DeSales in 1992. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998, and to full professor in 2007. He taught at several colleges and universities prior to coming to DeSales, including Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Before his doctoral work, he served on the faculty of Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York, and as the Paul K. Deats Jr. Intern for social ethics at Boston University. A native of New Windsor, New York, Kane earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and religious studies from Manhattan College, a master's degree in theological studies, specializing in social ethics, from Boston University School of Theology, and a doctoral degree in religious studies with a concentration in Catholic moral theology from Marquette University. A published author, Kane specializes in the areas of health care, professional, family and relationship ethics, and on violence, nonviolence and just war. He and his wife, Heidi, reside in Bethlehem with their two children, Caitlin and Andrew.

Elizabeth Rosa, the Father Thomas J. Furphy, OSFS, Professor of Business, joined the DeSales faculty in 1991. She was promoted to assistant professor of business in 1994, to associate professor in 1997, and to professor in 2006. Rosa earned a B.A. in French from Tulane University, an MBA from Lehigh University, and also holds credentials as Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. She has co-authored and published five books in the field of accounting communications and teaches courses in financial, management, and advanced accounting, auditing, strategic cost management, and business communication skills. She serves as coordinator of the DeSales Semester Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy, and has co-directed the LVAIC Summer Language Study Abroad Program in Rome since 2001. In addition, Rosa will serve as the first DeSales Faculty Mentor beginning with the Fall 2008 semester. She has previous teaching experience at the University of New Orleans, Lafayette College, and Northampton Community College. Prior to teaching, she worked as a staff accountant at the CPA firm, Berg, Schultz, and Green, in Allentown, Pa., and as a manager of art galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Rome, Italy. A native of Lewistown, Pa., Rosa resides in Bethlehem with her husband, George, and their two daughters, Meredith and Jane.


Press Release: Three DeSales Faculty Members Named to Endowed Professorships - First in School's History | Posted on: 7/24/2008

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