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Monk's reflections : a view from the dome
Malloy, Edward A.
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Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Pub., [1999]

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xiv, 216 pages ; 23 cm
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"I am excited to have this opportunity to share some of my experiences and considered reflections. . . . I hope to provide some sense of what the world looks like from my desk as the president of Notre Dame." --Father Edward Malloy

The book falls into three parts: "The University President," in which Father Malloy explains the president's role; "Academia and the Life of the Mind," in which he examines the practices of teaching and scholarship in the contemporary university setting; and "The Collegiate World," in which he comments on the nonacademic facets of college life, including athletics, residentiality, and religion.

Father Malloy writes in a warm, personable tone, often touching on his own life experiences. He is not afraid to voice strong opinions, but he does so in a compassionate manner that speaks well of him both as a priest and a president, and that makes for an eminently readable book. Notre Dame alumni are among the most dedicated and loyal in America, and will enjoy reading about Father Malloy's experiences.

Author Notes

Father Malloy attended the seminary formation program for the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He was ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Church on the campus of Notre Dame in 1970. Father Malloy received his doctorate in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt University in 1975, and since then he has served on the faculty of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame. In 1982 he became vice president and associate provost, and in 1986 he was elected the sixteenth president of the University of Notre Dame.

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Library Journal Review

The "monk" of the title is not a distant ascetic but the Rev. Edward "Monk" Malloy, the 16th president of the University of Notre Dame. Here Malloy considers, in a first-person singular account, the state of American higher education, the mission of a specifically Catholic college, and the roles, responsibilities, and relations of today's college teachers and administrators. Repeating some of the themes of his Culture and Commitment: The Challenges of Today's University, Malloy is ironic but often not specific. Such an approach lets him make his general points clearly and often wisely, but it limits his discussion of particularly thorny questions (e.g., the relationship of a Catholic college to a diocesan bishop). The book is sure to be popular with Notre Dame graduates, and Part 2 of the book should be studied by any junior faculty member who would hope to receive tenure.√ĄDavid I. Fulton, Coll. of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part I The University Presidentp. 1
Chapter 1 On Becoming a University Presidentp. 3
Chapter 2 Presidential Roles and Responsibilitiesp. 20
Part II Academia and the Life of the Mindp. 53
Chapter 3 Teachingp. 55
Chapter 4 Research and Scholarshipp. 85
Chapter 5 Readingp. 112
Part III The Collegiate Worldp. 133
Chapter 6 Residentialityp. 135
Chapter 7 Intercollegiate Athleticsp. 154
Chapter 8 Religious Mission and Identityp. 183