Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saint Mary’s names dean for Humanities and Sciences

WINONA, Minn. — After a national search, Saint Mary's University welcomes Elizabeth A. Throop, Ph.D., as its new dean for the School of Humanities and Sciences.

A native of the Chicago area, Dr. Throop earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Macalester College; an M.S.W. in Counseling from University of Illinois - Chicago; an M.A. in Anthropology from UC - San Diego; and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UC - San Diego.

She comes to Saint Mary's from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., where she was division chair and associate professor of anthropology. She previously taught anthropology, sociology and social work at McKendree College and several other institutions.

Her scholarly interests have blended psychology and anthropology in the study of marriage, family, child-rearing practices, and kinship and gender relations. Dr. Throop's scholarship has involved international study in Ireland, India and the United States. She is the author of two books and a number of chapters, articles and reviews. She has professional experience in social work, legal support service and family therapy.

Dr. Throop will supervise 15 of SMU’s undergraduate College departments and programs in Winona. She will begin Sept. 1.