Bachelor of Arts, Ohio State University; political science
Master of Arts, Ohio State University; higher education and student affairs
Master of Science and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison; Sociology
Dan Myers is professor of sociology, and since 2011, vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
His primary responsibilities related to faculty affairs include coordinating the tenure, promotion, and appeals processes for the university; heading initiatives connected to faculty recruitment and hiring; faculty leaves and retirements; and overseeing faculty discipline and grievance processes. His second major area of responsibility is academic space management, which includes planning and approval of all academic building and renovation projects during an unusually active period of campus expansion. He also oversees online learning initiatives; orientation, mentoring, and professional development programs for faculty; the review of academic departments; and the University’s relationship with its regional accrediting body. Units that report directly to him include the University’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Digital Learning, Dual Career Placement, Academic Space Management, the Snite Museum of Art, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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. He subsequently 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 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. Even while fulfilling his administrative responsibilities in the Provost’s office, Myers remains committed to innovation in pedagogy, demonstrated through his two-week intensive teaching boot-camp for graduate students and by offering one of Notre Dame’s first “Massive Open Online Courses,, an inventive introductory statistics course.
Myers is active in the South Bend community, having served as president of the Board of Directors for the Good Shepherd Montessori School, a Catholic Montessori school serving Pre-K through junior high. He currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Council and is vice president of the South Bend Symphony Board.