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Welcome to the Office of the Provost

As the Provost of The Catholic University of America, I serve as the chief academic officer, overseeing our 12 schools, our libraries, our Global Education Center and our Rome campus, CUA Press and our several research institutes.

The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. As our mission states, we are “dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason” as we seek “to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.”

I welcome your interest in The Catholic University of America.

Andrew Abela Ph.D., Provost 202-319-5244 |

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Catholic University Research Day
The first Catholic University Research Day will take place on April 15, 2016. It is a day for the University community to learn about and celebrate the exciting scholarship being done by our faculty and students.

Social Work School Achieves Top 50: March 31, 2016, The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) ranked 47th on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings for the Top 50 Best Schools of Social Work

Biology Department Mentors Intel Science Talent Search Medalist:        March 30, 2016,  Kunal Shroff, high school senior and lab assistant in Catholic University’s Department of Biology, won the third-place medal of distinction for basic research for his work on Huntington’s disease at the award ceremony for the Intel Science Talent Search earlier this month.


Conference to Explore Trust in Today's Society: March 29, 2016,

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents an interdisciplinary conference on "Rebuilding Trust."

IPR to Honor Carolyn Woo, Rev. James Martin, S.J.: March 15, 2016,

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will honor two of the country’s most influential Catholics during its annual dinner March 19.

Modern Biology Lab Opens on Campus:

February 19, 2016, Classes are meeting in a completely new, modern laboratory that opened this month in the Department of Biology.

Vatican Economist Discusses Financial Reform: 2/12/16 In a talk sponsored by the Provost's Office, Vatican Economist Joseph F.X. Zahra said financial reforms should support the common good.

South African Archbishop to Speak at CUA: 2/9/16 South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, archbishop of Durban, will speak on racial reconciliation on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and will deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Music Student Receives Helen Hayes Nomination: 2/5/16 Senior John Sygar, who studies in the Music School, was among the talented local performers to receive a nomination this week for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards.

Into the Woods Offers Fairy Tales with an Edge: 2/5/16 Audiences will experience an inventive take on storybook characters this month as the Music School presents its spring production, Into the Woods.

Catholics For Family Peace Joins NCSSS: 2/3/16 Catholics for Family Peace has become part of the National Catholic School of Social service.

Conference on Business and Human Ecology: 1/28/16 The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics are hosting a conference titled “Human Ecology: Integrating Business and 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine” March 16 through 18, at CUA in Washington, D.C.

CUA Receives Grant for Theology Institute: 1/11/16 The University has received a grant of $565,689 to educate high school students about theology in daily life.

Vatican Economist to Speak Feb. 4: 1/8/16 Joseph F. X. Zahra, a Maltese economist who has played a key role in putting the Vatican’s financial house in order, will speak at CUA about the progress of reform efforts.

Physics Professor Receives Major Federal Grant : 12/21/15 The nuclear physics group, led by Associate Professor Tanja Horn, has been awarded a federal grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Literary Association to Move to Catholic University: 12/18/15 The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) will move to the campus of The Catholic University of America in early 2016.

Concert Raises $13,000 for Brookland Convent: 12/17/15 The 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity raised $13,000 to support the work of a convent near The Catholic University of America.

VSL Awarded $5.7 Million for Research: 12/16/15 The Vitreous State Laboratory accomplished an impressive feat this semester when it was named the recipient of 14 awards within three months.

Experts Can Comment on Mercy: 12/15/15 On Dec. 8, 2015, the Catholic Church will begin celebrating the Year of Mercy, a jubilee year announced by Pope Francis last March. The following Catholic University professors can comment on topics related to the Year of Mercy and jubilee years.

World AIDS Day: 11/30/15 Professor Venigalla Rao discusses new findings from his lab that could lead to a potential HIV vaccine, and answers questions on advances in the HIV field.

Music School to Present Christmas Concert: 11/24/15 The music school will kick off its Christmas celebrations Dec. 4 with a night of seasonal sacred music during the 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

Architecture Offers Three New Programs: 11/16/15 This fall the School of Architecture and Planning is offering three new degree programs.

CUA Engineering Honors Intelligence Director: 11/16/15 The School of Engineering recently honored Letitia Long with its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Big Egos, Dueling Divas in The Impresario: 11/11/15 The larger-than-life antics of a busy opera company will be brought to life on stage this month as the School of Music presents Mozart's opera.

Care for Creation Extends to Relationships: 11/4/15 A recent interdisciplinary conference examines Pope Francis's encyclical through various academic lenses.

Professor Testifies on Hill on Refugees: 11/3/15 V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, will testify on Capitol Hill about the growing refugee crisis in Europe.

Drama Students Perform Poe Tribute: 10/30/15 Drama graduate students celebrated Halloween early with a night of theatre adapted from the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

Engineering Begins Grand Scholars Program: 10/29/15 The new program is designed to prepare students to solve grand challenges facing society in the 21st century.

Scholars to Examine "Dei Verbum at 50": 10/29/15 God’s revelation will be the topic of a one-day conference scheduled to take place at CUA Nov. 6.

Conference to Focus on Criminal Justice Reform: 10/28/15 In preparation for the Year of Mercy, Catholic University will co-host a day of discussions related to restorative justice.

Benefactor Gives Endowed Professorship: 10/28/15 Catholic University has accepted the Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professorship, named in honor of benefactor Joe Della Ratta.

Events to Mark German Reunification: 10/23/15 The German Studies Program is hosting events in October to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the German reunification.

Event Explores the Death Penalty in the U.S.: 10/22/15 CUA partnered with the European Delegation to the United States this week to host the premiere of a new documentary.

CUA Drama Supports Female Playwrights: 10/19/15 The Department of Drama was honored recently as a recipient of the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 2015 50/50 Applause Award.

Conference to Explore Laudato Si': 10/14/15 The University will partner with the USCCB for a daylong conference examining the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment.

Events for International Open Access Week: 10/9/15 University Libraries is hosting three events in October to support International Open Access Week, Oct. 19 through 25.

May-December Romance in 'Most Happy Fella': 10/5/15 Audiences will be swept away by a tale of comedy and romance as the music school presents The Most Happy Fella.

Social Work Lecture to Feature 2 Speakers: 10/5/15 The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) Center on Global Aging (COGA) is hosting the 2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Professor Appointed to White House Council: 9/28/15 Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America, has been appointed as a member of President Barack Obama’s third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture: 9/25/15 The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Services Center on Global Aging is hosting the 2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture.

CUA Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy: 9/21/15 Submission of SAT or ACT test results is now optional for students applying for undergraduate admission.

New Play to Depict Civil Rights Activist: 9/17/15 Selma 65 tells the story of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist who demonstrated against discrimination toward African-American voters.

Evolutionary Biologist to Speak on Species: 9/14/15 Sean B. Carroll, internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, will be the keynote speaker for the Department of Biology’s annual graduate student research symposium.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful? The Making and Unmaking of the Animal Kingdom: 9/14/15 Sean B. Carroll, an internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, author, educator, and executive producer, will be the keynote speaker at the annual symposium hosted by The Catholic University of America’s biology department.

University Libraries Host Events: 9/14/15 University Libraries hosts two events on Wednesday, Sept. 16, a Wiki-Edit-A-Thon and a Know Your Campus guided history tour.

Exhibit Highlights Pope's Teachings on Grace: 9/11/15 CUA's Department of Art presents artist Pat Costigan's project, "Grace: The Words of Pope Francis."

Grant to Fund Nursing School-VA Partnership: 9/9/15 As part of a grant of up to $2 million, the School of Nursing is entering an academic and clinical partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enroll VA nurses in a program that will educate them as adult gerontology practitioners with master’s and doctoral degrees.

New Rome Center to Open Sept. 5: 9/2/15 Saturday, Sept. 5, marks the official opening of the Rome Center of The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Australian Catholic University (ACU) at Via Garibaldi 28.

Pope Appoints Professor as Synod Expert: 8/31/15 Pope Francis has appointed John Grabowski, associate professor of moral theology/ethics, as an expert to the 2015 Synod of Bishops Oct. 4 through 25.

CUA Musicians to Perform at Papal Mass: 8/25/15 The University Chamber Choir and the Symphony Orchestra will be among those performing at this fall's canonization Mass.

Engineering Strengthens Ties with Vietnam: 8/24/15 The Engineering School hosted the Vietnamese vice minister of construction earlier this month.

This Year's Drama Productions Announced: 8/21/15 This year's drama productions will include Selma '65, Big Love, and Pride and Prejudice.

Music School Anniversary Events Continue: 8/17/15 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music continues its 50th anniversary celebration this fall.

Upcoming Musical Theatre and Opera Events: 8/12/15 The Musical Theatre and Vocal Divisions of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music present their 2015-2016 events.

Taiwanese Students Experience American College: 8/12/15 Twelve college students from Fu Jen Catholic University spent three weeks living at Catholic University as part of an exchange program between the two universities.


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