Dean Jennifer Prough ’91, PhD

In role as dean, Jennifer Prough is responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of Christ College. She is deeply devoted to honors education and has a rooted enthusiasm for Christian higher education. Prough is a Valparaiso University and a Christ College alumna. 

Prough earned the PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. She joined the Christ College faculty in fall 2005. Her research and teaching both examine issues of representation and the ways that cultural meanings are produced and managed, experienced and interpreted through mass culture. Her book entitled Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shōjo Manga (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011) examines the production of Girls’ comics in Japan through ethnographic analysis. Her current book manuscript seeks to understand the ways that tradition, history, and culture are produced, packaged, promoted, and consumed in the Kyoto tourist industry.

In addition to teaching in the Freshman Program and “Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society,” Prough has taught seminars on Urban Japan, Japanese visual culture, tourism, living together across difference, and anthropology. Besides her work in Christ College, she teaches in the Chinese and Japanese Studies program.

Jennifer Prough is married to CC alumnus Andrew Richter. Ph.D. ’90, professor of physics and astronomy at Valparaiso University. He earned his doctorate at Northwestern University. His research interests include nanoscience, surface studies, X-ray and neutron scattering, and biophysics. They reside in Valpo with their son Emmett. 


Ph.D. – Duke University
M.A. – New School for Social Research
M.A. – University of Chicago
B.A. – Valparaiso 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.




Sharon Dybel
Office Coordinator

Sharon Dybel provides valuable administrative support to both the CC Dean’s staff and the CC faculty. She implements and monitors programs, procedures and policies that enhance the workflow of the College. Sharon additionally assists with the CC Freshman Program.

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