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Patricia McNeal

2259 Wiekamp Hall
(574) 520-4308


I was the Director of the Women's Studies Program from 1994 to 2003. During the past 20 years, I have published many articles on Catholic conscientious objection, the Catholic Association for International Peace, and Pax Christ-USA. I have also contributed chapters on Dorothy Day to books on peace and written many encyclopedic entries on various aspects of the Catholic Peace Movement. I was MacArthur Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In 1992, my book, Harder Than War: Catholic Peacemaking in Twentieth-Century America was published by Rutgers University Press.

Most importantly, during the past 20 years at IU South Bend, I have focused my energies on developing the Women's Studies Program. I designed introductory Women's Studies courses for both returning and traditional students and also developed a senior seminar capstone course for Women's Studies students. I also developed a service learning course for Women's Studies students. The course description appeared in More Quick Hits: Successful Strategies for Award Winning Teachers under the title "Service Learning: Building an Ethic of Caring" published by Indiana University Press. Committed to academic excellence, I founded the first IU undergraduate research/creativity conference, "Celebrating Our Students" for Women's Studies in 1988. In 1996, I was awarded a President's Council Grant to provide a research/creativity weekend conference for four participants from each campus to enhance their scholarly endeavors in Women's Studies. I have organized many academic events each semester to bring notable women to campus. My greatest achievement for the IUSB Women’s Studies Program was in Spring 1999 when Women’s Studies was declared a major.

Most recently, I received two teaching awards: the Distinguished Teaching Award at IU South Bend and the all-IU Herbert Frederick Leiber award for teaching which was presented at the Founders Day Ceremony on the Bloomington Campus in March of 1999.

Courses Taught

History of American Women

Women as Agents of Change

American History II

Selected Publications

1992. Harder Than War: Catholic Peacemaking in Twentieth-Century America (Rutgers University Press).

Honors and Awards

XXXX McArthur Visiting Faculty Fellow, Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

XXXX Indiana University South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award

1999 Indiana University Herbert Frederick Leiber Award for teaching excellence