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About Mark J. Cavanaugh

Mark Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies (DCRS). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Cavanaugh has been at NSU since 1988 and was a founding member of the undergraduate faculty. He has taught a wide variety of courses in the Social Sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses, and has also taught in the Honors program (now College) since its inception. He has developed and taught both The Problem of Consciousness (a contemporary survey of brain science) and The Nuclear Dilemma (aka America at the Dawn of the Atomic Age). For the Sociology major program, Dr. Cavanaugh teaches classical and contemporary social theory as well as courses on the sociology of religion, sports, and the city. He is also a musician and has conducted orchestras in Europe and the United States. He composed music and lyrics for both the NSU Alma Mater and its Victory March. Dr. Cavanaugh also founded the NSU Festival Orchestra, which performs at commencements and other university ceremonies. Currently, he is working on a book combining neuroscience and the rise of Western classical music.


1988 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
1986 - 1988 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Southwest Texas State University
1979 - 1982 Faculty member and assistant athletic director, Bishop Kearney High School
1978 - 1979 Assistant Rector, University of Notre Dame

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Professional Service and Affiliations

1988 - Present Commencement Committee, Farquhar Center
2002 - 2010 Faculty Athletic Representatives Association, Sunshine State Conference
1996 - 2002 Chair, Faculty Committee Overseeing Athletics, Nova Southeastern University
1994 - 2002 Chairperson, (NAIA) Florida Sun Conference Eligibility
1988 - 1998 Admission Committee, Farquhar Center
Member, American Sociological Association
Member, Edward Elgar Society
Member, Florida Sun Athletic Conference
Member, International Gustav Mahler-Gesellschaft
Member, Johannes Brahms-Gesellschaft (Vienna, Austria)
Chairperson, Legislative Concerns, Council of Faculty
Chairperson, National Faculty Representatives Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
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Honors and Awards

  • (1976) The Thomas Sullivan Award, Outstanding Undergraduate, Iona College


  • SOCL 1020: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCL 2100: Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOCL 3200: Classical Social Theory
  • URBS 1020: Introduction to Urban Studies
  • HONR 1000G: The Problem of Consciousness
  • HONR 2000P: America at the Dawn of the Atomic Age


1986 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Notre Dame
1981 M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame
1976 B.A., English, Iona College

Contact Information

(954) 262-8206


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