matava-new-deanChristendom College recently tapped Dr. Robert Matava to succeed Dr. Kristin P. Burns as the dean of its graduate school, located in Alexandria, Va. In his new position, Matava will be responsible for the admission, retention, and graduation of students at the graduate school as it continues to grow in size and prepare students for success at the doctoral level.

Matava, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, has taught theology at the graduate school for the past six years as an associate professor of theology.

“Dr. Matava has served the graduate school with outstanding dedication and professionalism for six years, and I am confident that the graduate school will flourish and improve under his skilled leadership,” says Dr. Kristin Burns, the previous dean of the graduate school.

Matava is a distinguished theologian, with the distinction of being both the Liddon Fellow in Theology at Keble College, University of Oxford, and a fellow of the Center for Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University. He received the Founder’s Award from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy in 2009, and recently wrote the book, Divine Causality and Human Free Choice: Domingo Banez, Physical Premotion and the Controversy de Auxiliis Revisited, published by Brill.

Dr. Kristin Burns

Dr. Kristin Burns

Matava replaces Burns as dean, who is stepping down after serving the graduate school for fourteen years as dean. One of the five founding faculty members of Christendom College’s undergraduate program, Burns was instrumental in helping grow the enrollment of the graduate school by introducing new programs, including the Vita Consecrate Institute — an annual summer program of study and renewal for religious — an online MA program, and the introduction of certificate programs. Burns plans to continue teaching philosophy classes on a part-time basis.

The graduate school also hired professor Joseph Arias as a full-time member of the graduate faculty and as the new dean of students. In the latter capacity, Arias, who has served the school for years as a lecturer in theology, will advise and assist graduate students with their research and writing, serve as a general academic advisor, assist Matava with admissions and orientation of new students, and help plan activities for the graduate school.

Maura McMahon has also been hired as registrar and business officer, who replaces longtime employee Heidi Kalian. As registrar and business officer, McMahon, a graduate of Christendom College, will assist in admissions, retention, and graduation, as well as managing the graduate school offices and the graduate school website.

For more information on the Christendom College’s graduate school, please visit graduate.christendom.edu.

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