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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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Academic Events

  • Aug 09,2017 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Virtual Information Session

    Are you or anyone you know thinking about graduate school? Join us online for a virtual  information session to learn about w... more

  • Aug 16,2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Orientation for First-Year Law Students

    Orientation for first-year at the Columbus School of Law will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, to Friday, Aug. 18.Learn more at ht... more

  • Aug 21,2017 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Fall Semester Begins for Law School

    The fall semester begins for students enrolled in the Columbus School of Law.Learn more at ... more

  • Aug 24,2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

    New Graduate Student Orientation

    The New Graduate Student Orientation provides a general introduction to graduate life at CUA. New graduate students will hear from... more

  • Aug 24,2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    New Graduate Student Welcoming Reception

    Come join your fellow new graduate students at a reception in historic McMahon Hall. Meet and greet members of the CUA faculty and... more

  • Aug 28,2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Education Abroad 101 Info Session

    Interested in studying abroad? Don't know where to start?  Get started with our Study Abroad 101 session! This sess... more

  • Aug 29,2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Education Abroad 101 Info Session

    Interested in studying abroad? Don't know where to start?  Get started with our Study Abroad 101 session! This sess... more

  • Aug 31,2017 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Rome Info Session

    CUA in Rome offers academic programs that let you explore the city: its art, literature, music, history, rich culinary tradition, ... more

  • Sep 01,2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Oxford Info Session

    Study in one of the world’s most prestigious universities! This program features a variety of custom designed tutorials... more

  • Sep 04,2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Education Abroad 101 Info Session

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Academic Area News

From Real to Reel: Catholic University Presents City of Angels: 10/19/16 The Musical Theatre Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music kicks off its 30th anniversary this year with its fall musical, City of Angels, to be performed at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre Oct. 28 through 30.

Catholic University to Honor Historian Eamon Duffy with Prestigious Johannes Quasten Award: 10/18/16 Eminent Irish historian Eamon Duffy will be honored at The Catholic University of America on Thursday, Oct. 20, as the recipient of this year’s Johannes Quasten Award.

A Conversation on the Role of Catholics in Rebuilding the American Political Culture: 10/14/16 While many Americans are focused on the final stages of the presidential election, five individuals will discuss what comes after the results are counted. In response to a national conversation that is marked — regardless of affiliation — by divisive rhetoric and broken exchange, The National Review Institute and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) at The Catholic University of America will host a conversation calling for renewal as it applies to the national political conversation.

Love and Loss in the Romantic Age: Catholic University Presents Bloody Poetry: 10/7/16 Catholic University actors will portray the lives and loves of Romantic Age poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley as part of the fall show, taking place in Hartke Theatre Oct. 13 through 16.

Upcoming Musical Theatre and Opera Events at Catholic University: 10/7/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its 2016-2017 schedule of performances.

Democracy and Human Rights on the Korean Peninusla: 10/7/16 Two events this month will offer opportunities to explore issues pertaining to democracy and human rights on the Korean Peninsula. Andrew Yeo, director of Asian studies and associate professor of politics at Catholic University, has helped to organize both events, which are hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) at Catholic University.

A Celebration of the Centennial of Alberto Ginastera by Santiago Rodriguez: 10/3/16 World-renowned pianist Santiago Rodriguez will perform a concert of the music of Alberto Ginastera in celebration of the 100th anniversary of classical composer’s birth.

Faculty Experts Available to Comment on Topics Related to Election: 9/28/16 The Catholic University of America has experts from various backgrounds and fields of study available to discuss the 2016 presidential election. Each source has extensive media experience.

Catholic University Drama Productions Announced: 9/28/16 The Catholic University Department of Drama presents its theatre schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Catholic University to Present Works by Spanish Composer Enrique Granados: 9/21/16 On Sunday, Sept. 25, The Catholic University of America will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Granados’s death with a concert of his best-known works by faculty members from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and guest performers from several Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Scholars to Release Statement Supporting Church’s Human Sexuality Teaching : 9/19/16 On Tuesday, Sept 20, Catholic scholars will release a statement with more than 400 signatories that strongly supports the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, as articulated in the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Vatican Joins Faculty: 9/15/16 Zion Evrony, former Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, has joined The Catholic University of America faculty as a visiting assistant professor.

Catholic University to Host World Premiere of The Loser Letters: 9/12/16 Chellsie Memmel, 2008 Olympics winner of the Silver Medal for the Best All Around in women’s gymnastics, will go for the gold when she makes her theatrical debut in the world premiere of Mary Eberstadt’s The Loser Letters at Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre Sept. 29 through Oct. 9.

Catholic University Experts Can Comment on 15th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks: 9/7/16 Faculty members from several schools at The Catholic University of America are available to comment on stories related to the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the effects they have had on the United States and the world.

Papal Nuncio to Celebrate with Catholic University as it Begins School Year with Mass of Holy Spirit: 8/30/16 The Catholic University of America community will gather to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church.


University to Host Conference on the Catholic Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence: 7/5/16 In response to the Holy Father’s call for training, the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America and its partners will host a symposium Hope, Help, And Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence on July 7 and 8.

University Honored by Catholic Press Association
Catholic University has received six awards from the Catholic Press Association (CPA).

President Appoints Dean for Professional Studies School
John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, has appointed Vincent Kiernan as dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, effective June 27, 2016.

Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence
Four faculty members at The Catholic University of America were honored for teaching excellence May 3 during the Spring Faculty Luncheon held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

President Garvey Appoints New Dean of Arts and Sciences
Following an eight-month-long national search, John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, has appointed Aaron Dominguez, as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

Space Weather Studies Boosted with $29 Million Grant and On-Campus Monitoring Center
Physicists at The Catholic University of America Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences can continue to make strides in scientific understanding thanks to a recent NASA grant for more than $29 million.

Professors Honored for Research and Scholarship
Three professors were honored April 15 for their scholarly achievement. This year the annual provost’s award ceremony for outstanding accomplishment by faculty was held in conjunction with Catholic University’s first Research Day, a daylong celebration of scholarship by students, faculty, and staff across disciplines.

Catholic University Receives $47 Million for Business School, Academic Programs
The Catholic University of America announced today that it has received six commitments totaling $47 million for the operational needs of the School of Business and Economics and other University academic programs.

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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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