Daniel J. Myers
Vice President and Associate Provost
Daniel J. Myers, professor of sociology, was appointed Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs in 2011. His responsibilities include leading the Office of the Provost’s involvement in the faculty recruitment and hiring process and coordinating the work of the Provost’s Advisory Committee. He also oversees tenure and promotion procedures, orientation and mentoring programs for faculty, academic space management, and the University’s relationship with its regional accrediting body.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1998, Myers previously chaired the Department of Sociology and was director of research and faculty development in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Most recently he served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Letters, where he guided a rapid expansion of the social science division, the creation of the Center for Social Research, and strategic advances in the college’s research programs, including significant enhancements in the services offered by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.
Myers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University before completing a master’s and doctorate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a well-known expert in the study of collective behavior and social movements, having published several books and numerous scholarly articles dealing with protest, rioting, and mathematical models of the diffusion of social behaviors. His current project, which was launched with a grant from the National Science Foundation, reexamines racial unrest in the United States from 1960–1975. In 2006, he founded Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements.
A popular and innovative teacher who has been particularly active in leading undergraduate research, Myers has won the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching—the College of Arts and Letters—highest teaching honor—as well as a Kaneb Teaching Award. He is also active in the South Bend community and has served as president of the board of directors for the Good Shepherd Montessori School. During his presidency, the school purchased and renovated a new building and opened a junior high school.