Jeanne M. Colleran, Ph.D., was appointed as Interim President effective June 1, 2017. Prior to that, she served as Academic Vice President and Provost of John Carroll University, a position she held since August 2014. As the chief academic officer, Dr. Colleran led John Carroll’s ongoing commitment to outstanding teaching and learning while helping to raise the University’s profile for distinctive excellence.
Dr. Colleran has a deep history at John Carroll. She served as dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences from August 2010 until 2014. She has been a member of John Carroll’s Department of English faculty since 1987, where she served as chair. She teaches modern and contemporary literature, including Irish literature. She has helped lead the University’s acclaimed Summer Institute in Peace and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
As chair of the English department, Dr. Colleran helped to establish the Gerard Manly Hopkins Program in British Literature, and directed the Center for Teaching and Learning, which focused on supporting faculty-learning groups. Dr. Colleran attained post-graduate partnerships with medical and law schools for direct admit for JCU students; strengthened the pre-health advisory committee; and developed the biomedical humanities teaching partnership with the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Colleran co-chaired the Academic Planning Task Force, the committee that designed the integrative curriculum. She was the principal author of the McGregor Foundation grant that strengthened the University’s curricular and co-curricular programs in the areas of globalization and humanitarian crisis and laid the foundation for the core curriculum’s emphasis on understanding global dynamics. Under Dr. Colleran’s leadership, JCU established the Mike Cleary Sports Studies, and expanded the Exercise Science and Counseling Programs. She worked with the Mayo Society to establish scholarships for JCU students to study in Galway, Ireland.
As provost, she led the development of the University’s Strategic Plan: Promise and Prominence, and instituted a broader assessment program for academic and administrative review that led the University to a successful accreditation visit. As the chair of the Provost’s Council, she assisted in the development of the University Learning Outcomes. Committed to fostering a more participatory model of university governance, Dr. Colleran re-organized the University Committee structure to include staff, faculty, and student representatives and to streamline decision-making. She assisted in developing the Post-Doctoral Minority Teaching Fellowships Program, which was recently awarded a grant from the Cleveland Foundation.
Dr. Colleran is the only University faculty member to win all three of its major awards: the Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Curtis Miles Award for Service, and the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She is a widely published author, and has contributed to many academic and literary journals. Her most recent book is Theatre and War Since 1991 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She has delivered papers in France, Ireland, South Africa, England, and the Netherlands.
Dr. Colleran has been awarded the “Walks of Life” recognition by the Irish Archives Society of Cleveland, and has been honored as one of the prominent Irish educators in the United States by the Irish Voice newspaper’s Irish Education 100.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, and on the board of Saint Joseph’s Academy. Dr. Colleran is a summa cum laude graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and was awarded her doctorate from The Ohio State University.
She and her husband, Richard Weaver ’78 established the Colleran-Weaver endowment to support undergraduate internships and research opportunities for the College of Arts and Sciences. Jeanne and Richard have two children, James and Julia, and reside in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.