Office of the Dean
Thomas J. Davis became dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis effective July 1, 2015.
Davis is a prolific religious studies scholar who has served as a department chair and associate dean in the School of Liberal Arts who has been on the faculty at IUPUI for 26 years. During that time, his faculty responsibilities have been split between the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and the Department of Religious Studies, which he chaired from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Thomas H. Lake Scholar in Religion and Philanthropy. He has been a member of the Philanthropic Studies faculty, now a part of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, since 2009 and has served as the associate dean for academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts since 2013.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in history from West Georgia College, an M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
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