Dr. Robert J. Deahl, dean of the College of Professional Studies, joined Marquette in 1994 and has been the first and only dean of the college since 1996.
Deahl’s teaching focuses on leadership, ethics and organizational systems and dynamics. In addition, his academic and professional work focuses on adult learning pedagogy, programming and research as well as understanding and applying the dynamics of leadership excellence.
Deahl was a member of the religious studies departments at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and Alverno College in Milwaukee from 1985-92. He has been a charter grant fellow at the National Center for Adult Learning in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., since 1990, chaired the National Commission for Accelerated Programs and twice served as president of the AJCU Deans of Adult and Continuing Education. He also served as president of the Milwaukee Council on Adult Learning, as coordinator for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Faculty Development Network and is a member and active presenter for the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
At Marquette, Deahl has served as a member of the original Core Curriculum Review Committee, the all-University Assessment Committee, and the University Renewal Task Force. He chaired the Distance Learning Task Force in 1995-96. Deahl currently serves on the Office of International Education Faculty Advisory Council and served as a charter member of the steering committee for the Center for Peacemaking.
Deahl earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy, summa cum laude, from St. Francis Seminary College in Milwaukee. He completed a licentiate in sacred theology and a doctorate in sacred theology, magna cum laude, at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1976-82, completing his dissertation under the direction of Josef Fuchs, S.J., in Moral Theology and Philosophical Ethics. He also completed studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as studies in Paris, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Calcutta, India; and Boston College.
Deahl recently published an essay titled, “Professional Education as Transformation,” as part of a project through the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He also directs the Project for Community Transformation that works in tandem with the city-wide Future Milwaukee Program through the College of Professional Studies.