Jesuit Father James Pribek, Associate Professor of English at Canisius College, joins the Seattle University English Department faculty as the LeRoux Scholar for the spring quarter 2012. Father Pribek will teach, conduct research, and deliver the lecture, “’When Hope and History Rhyme’: Irish Literature as a Resource for Hope.” Fr. Pribek follows Jesuit Father Mark Bosco, Loyola University Chicago English Department, and Jesuit Father Mark Ravizza, Santa Clara University Philosophy Department, as the latest Le Roux Chair.
“The Le Roux endowment gives us an opportunity to bring outstanding scholars to campus,” said Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers. “At the same time, the chair has time for research and writing that expands his discipline.”
The College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University’s largest college, provides funding for the William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences. The endowed chair is awarded to a Jesuit academic in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The appointment is for one academic quarter. The chair is required to teach one course and conduct a public lecture, with remaining time available to advance his scholarship and engage with the Seattle University community.
Fr. Pribek holds a master degree in English from Gonzaga University, two graduate theology degrees from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish literature and drama from University College Dublin. He has been a Jesuit for 25 years and a priest for 13 years.