Eugene Lowe, Jr.
Assistant to the President, Northwestern University
Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy
, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208-1100
Phone: (847) 491-5255
BiographyEugene Y. Lowe, Jr. has served as assistant to the president of Northwestern University since 1999. He joined the senior administration of the University in 1995, as associate provost for faculty affairs. He also holds faculty appointments in the Religious Studies Department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy, where he teaches regularly in the master's program in Higher Education Administration and Policy.
As assistant to the president, he oversees university program initiatives designed to enhance community and diversity in the university, coordinates the work of the faculty committee on recreational and intercollegiate athletics, and represents the university president internally and externally. He has served as principal investigator for the Mellon postdoctoral program in the humanities since 1996, and chaired university-wide committees on the status of underrepresented minorities and integrity in intercollegiate athletics. In 2008-2009, he began serving as the coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
Externally, he represents Northwestern on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and on the Senior Diversity Officers Group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
From 1983-1993 he served as dean of students (chief undergraduate student affairs officer) and as a member of the religion department at Princeton University.
A historian of American religion, his writings about religion, race and American culture have appeared in a number of books and journals, including the recently published Encyclopedia of Religion in America (CQ Press, 2010). He served as a member of the Teagle Foundation sponsored working group of the American Academy of Religion on the religious studies major and liberal education. His book, Promise and Dilemma: Perspectives on Racial Diversity and Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 1999) is based on work sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
He has served as a consultant-evaluator for the United States Department of Education and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is a member of the external Advisory Board of the Stanford University Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.
He is a trustee of Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, and Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston and has served as president of the Board of Episcopal Charities and Community Services in Chicago.
|1987||PhD||Union Theological Seminary|
|1978||MDiv, Divinity||Union Theological Seminary|
|1971||BA, Religion||Princeton University|
Selected Publications(June, 2010). in Lippy, Charles H.; Williams, Peter, Encyclopedia of Religion in America SAGE Publications.
Lowe, E. (1999). Promise and Dilemma: Perspectives on Racial Diversity and Higher Education. Princeton University Press.
Research InterestsAmerican religion, social gospel, progressivism, and diversity in higher education.
Proseminar in Higher Education This introductory course focuses on current and ongoing issues in the American higher education system. Students are introduced to a variety of areas of professional endeavor, such as enrollment management, student affairs, athletics administration and others. They explore major issues and policies, including affirmative action, college access, and governance and mission of different institutional types. They also have the opportunity to meet senior-level professionals in a variety of higher education positions.
History and Philosophy of Higher Education This course surveys and assesses the evolution of American higher education from the founding of Harvard College to present patterns of virtual and distance learning. It takes into consideration historical and institutional contexts, including the role of religion, government and the private sector in shaping both elite and accessible forms of higher education opportunity.
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