Hackett Family Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives
Co-founder, Alliance for Catholic Education
Fr. Tim Scully is a professor of political science and fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as a trustee and fellow of the University. Fr. Tim founded ACE in 1993 and currently serves as chair of the ACE Advisory Board and as director and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). The IEI consists of the various programs of ACE, as well as the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), Education, Schooling and Society (ESS), and other education-related initiatives at Notre Dame.
His research and graduate teaching focuses on comparative political institutions, especially political parties. He has published numerous scholarly articles and six books, including his most recent work, Democratic Governance in Latin America (Stanford, 2010).
Fr. Scully has received many teaching and education-related awards. Fr. Scully was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by the President of the United States during a ceremony in the Oval Office in December of 2008. He was awarded the 2007 Crystal Apple Award, a Tribute to Outstanding Educators, from The College of Education at Michigan State University. In 2008 he was awarded the Champion of Catholic Education Medal by the Fulcrum Foundation, the Bishop Dunne 100 Voyager Award, and the Diocese of Worcester's Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. Most recently he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.
Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981, Fr. Scully served his first years of priesthood in Santiago, Chile. Prior to that, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, after graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1976 and receiving his M.Div. from Notre Dame in 1979.