Gregor Thuswaldner joined Whitworth University as Provost and Executive Vice President at Whitworth University in 2020. From 2016 to 2020, he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago. Before coming to North Park, he was a professor of German and linguistics at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (2003-16), chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics (2006-2012), as well as Senior Fellow and Interim Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry. In 2006, he received Gordon College’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. In 2010, Dr. Thuswaldner co-founded the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts (formerly the Salzburg Institute of Gordon College), a summer study abroad program for undergraduates interested in studying the intersection of faith and culture in the German-speaking context. From 2010 to 2016, he served as Academic Director of the Salzburg Institute. He created the Salzburg Institute Lecture Series, the annual international Salzburg Institute Symposium in conjunction with the University of Salzburg, and launched the Institute’s book series. At North Park, Dr. Thuswaldner oversaw the thirteen departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Core Curriculum, the Honors Program, and CRUX, North Park’s Living-Learning Urban Discipleship Program. In fall 2017, he served as Acting Provost. He was involved in the planning and implementation phases of the university’s highly innovative city-centered experiential learning and civic engagement program, “Catalyst 606_ _.” This high-impact program offers students hands-on experiences in the city of Chicago that are connected to their coursework.
Dr. Thuswaldner is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Pen American Center and Pen Austria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS), as well as a Leadership Fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows of St. George’s House at Windsor Castle. He also co-founded the Future of Learning Network of the RSA. He serves on the boards of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and is President of the Austrian Studies Association (ASA), a member institution of ACLS.
A native of Salzburg, Austria, Dr. Thuswaldner studied German and English at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Vienna. He then pursued and earned his PhD in Germanic Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a Master’s of Higher Education Administration from North Park University. A committed lifelong learner, he completed certificates in Nonprofit Management (North Park University), Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (Indiana University), Mediation Skills Training (Northwestern University), and Leadership Principles (Harvard Business School).
He has published seven books and numerous articles and book chapters on literary theory, linguistics, literature, culture, history, politics, religion, and higher education. His latest book publication is the co-edited volume, with Stephen Dowden and Olaf Berwald, Thomas Bernhard’s Afterlives (Bloomsbury, 2020). With Yaakov Ariel and Jens Zimmermann, he is currently co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Christianity and Culture.
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