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A Notre Dame College faculty member who specializes in security policy studies has been selected to present the College’s premiere faculty presentation for 2022.

Kelley A. Pesch-Cronin, Ph.D., professor of public service and security studies, will discuss, “Building Resilient Communities in Times of Uncertainty: The Need for Interdisciplinary Research and Action.” The annual event, sponsored by Notre Dame President J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., and the College’s Faculty Affairs and Development Committee will take place this year on Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the ground floor of the Notre Dame Administration Building.

In her lecture, Pesch-Cronin is expected to discuss two decades of modern history from the September 11, 2001, attack to the present-day, in light of of Ilya Prigogine’s consideration, “The future is uncertain…but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.” Prigogine, a Russian viscount and chemist, is a Nobel laureate known for his work on complex systems and structures that may be considered wasteful.

Her presentation will explore the need to build resilient communities through interdisciplinary research and action. Using emerging disaster research as the focal point, her lecture will explore two distinct areas: community engagement and citizen science. Each will be examined through the lens of disaster research with multiple examples demonstrating how communities are working together to become more resilient.

Pesch-Cronin is a professor of political science at the College. Her research interests include homeland security issues and critical infrastructure protection and risk assessment. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Critical Infrastructure Protection, Risk Management and Resilience: A Policy Perspective.

The President’s Lecture is one way the College recognizes scholarly activities of its faculty members.

Through scholarly endeavors, faculty demonstrate their commitment to ongoing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity in their fields of study and expertise. Faculty participate in diverse types of scholarship, such as discovery, teaching, engagement and integration, which align with the College mission.

As the faculty model intellectual inquiry, critical thinking and creativity, students benefit from this knowledge and experience. Their scholarly pursuits are essential to teaching, mentoring and inspiring students as they engage in the academic curriculum and co-curricular activities at the College.

March 2022

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