Dean Peter Kanelos

In his role as dean, Peter Kanelos is responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of Christ College. He is deeply devoted to honors education and has a rooted enthusiasm for Christian higher education. Before coming to Valparaiso University in 2013, Dean Kanelos was a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago, where he chaired several committees in addition to serving as a core faculty member of the honors program, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program.

Dean Kanelos has published extensively and is currently editing a book series, “Shakespeare and the Stage,” and writing a textbook, “A History of Drama.” He has a new collection of essays in press, has several peer-reviewed articles, and is serving on the editorial board for a new Shakespearean journal. He is frequently invited to address national and international audiences on subjects related to Shakespeare, most recently at the Globe Theatre in London.


Ph.D. – University of Chicago
M.A. – Boston University
B.A. – Northwestern University

Margaret Franson
Associate Dean of Christ College and Academic Advisor

Margaret Franson received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Valparaiso University. She is active in the National Collegiate Honors Council, and has presented on honors education in a variety of forums. She served on the planning committee that shaped the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts and for several years served as an assistant director.

Patrice Weil
Assistant to the Dean


Patrice Weil received a B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, with a double major in English and secondary education and an M.S. in education from Indiana University. She coordinates functions of the Christ College Dean’s Office, including new student recruitment, college development efforts, and co-curricular student programming. Her professional interests include student academics and affairs, honors education, and writing.

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Jo Ellen Zromkoski
Office Coordinator

Jo Ellen Zromkoski provides technical and administrative support for Mueller Hall and the Christ College faculty. She assists with the Freshman Program as well as managing the Christ College web page and creating much of Christ College’s print media. She received her B.S. from Purdue University in information systems.

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