Brad Petitfils is the Senior Director of Student Success and Institutional Research and Effectiveness. He is responsible for providing oversight of the Office of Student Success (including the Academic Resource Center and Disability Services) and the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness. He oversees the university's SACSCOC accreditation efforts and serves as Loyola’s accreditation liaison, and leads campus development activities for planning and assessment of outcomes-based programming. He is responsible for campus effectiveness planning and related assessment activities across the university with special emphasis on ensuring state-of-the-art evaluation and strategic application of Key Performance Indicators and/or Student Learning Outcomes across academic units. Part of this work includes the completion of yearly Annual Reports and reviews with Department Chairs, Deans, and Vice-Presidents. He oversees the generation and dissemination of data through both internal reporting venues and external agencies including IPEDS, and leads student success efforts, including the Academic Advising Council, the Student Success Committee, and the Assessment Support Team. He also serves as an advisory member of Strategic Planning Team, Standing Council on Academic Planning, University Courses and Curriculum Committee, and the Provost’s Council.
He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory, a field that asks educators to rethink and reconceputalize the classroom experience. He was initially inspired by the work of Jean Baudrillard, and has since developed research interests in the fields of hyperreality and posthumanism and how those theories affect undergraduate education and the development of adolescents and young adults.
His first book, Parallels & Responses to Curricular Innovation: The Possibilities of Posthumanistic Education, was published in 2014. It appears in the Routledge series: International Studies in the Philosophy of Education.
He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and in the Teacher Certification sequence, where he teaches First-Year Seminars and Common Curriculum courses, and is co-director of Loyola’s summer abroad program in Paris, France.
- Living with Dying: The Psychology of Six Feet Under
- Educating France (Loyola Summer Abroad in Paris)
Areas of Expertise
Technology and curriculum, Hyperreality & undergraduate education, Posthumanism & adolescent development