Janice Walker, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University, announces the appointment of David Mengel, PhD to Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1.
Mengel joined Xavier’s Department of History in 2003 as assistant professor. A scholar on medieval Central Europe, he received a number of fellowships and grants, including a Marshall Scholarship, a Solmsen Fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Czech Republic. He is currently working on a book on religion, space and power in medieval Prague.
In 2010 Mengel was appointed Founding Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. He has overseen ways to support teaching and learning as a mentor, a designer and an implementer of teaching-related programs. Last year, he partnered with Discovery Services to create the Online Initiative which assisted 27 faculty members in developing new online and blended courses.
Mengel received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Psychology, summa cum laude, at Vanderbilt University and a MPhil in Theology (ecclesiastical history) from the University of Cambridge in England. He later received an MA and a PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
A native of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Mengel lives with his wife and two daughters in Anderson Township (45255).