Faculty Awards

Rev John I Jenkins, CSC, president of Notre Dame, speaking at the annual President's Dinner for faculty

Dockweiler and Joyce Awards

The Office of the Provost coordinates two awards for Notre Dame faculty that honor exemplary contributions to undergraduate education.

Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
The Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recognizes three full-time faculty or exempt staff who demonstrate a sustained commitment to undergraduates through outstanding mentoring, academic advising, or career counseling. The award aims to demonstrate the valued role such assistance plays in helping students reach their academic and professional goals.

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
The Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching annually honors up to 20 faculty members who have had a profound influence on the undergraduate learning experience, elevated students’ intellectual engagement, and fostered students’ ability to express themselves effectively within a disciplinary context.

President’s Dinner Awards

In addition to the Dockweiler and Joyce Awards, the provost’s office administers several of the awards listed below, whose winners are announced in May at the annual President’s Dinner for faculty. Awards are grouped by the campus entity that presents them.

Coordinated by the Office of the Provost

Faculty Award

2017 Winner: Richard E. Taylor (67 kb PDF)

The Faculty Award singles out that faculty member who, in the opinion of his or her colleagues, has contributed outstanding service to the University of Notre Dame, such as through leadership activities, mentoring faculty colleagues, or exemplary dedication to students.

Reinhold Niebuhr Award

2017 Winner: Maria K. McKenna (76 kb PDF)

The Reinhold Niebuhr Award is given annually to a faculty member or administrator whose body of academic work (e.g., articles, books, creative works) and life promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life. All members of the Notre Dame community are invited to submit recommendations for this award.

Grenville Clark Award

2017 Winner: Douglass W. Cassel (67 kb PDF)

The Grenville Clark Award is given to a faculty member or administrator whose voluntary activities serve to advance the cause of peace and human rights.

Presidential Award

2017 Winner: Joseph A. Buttigieg (73 kb PDF)

The Presidential Award is given to a member of the faculty and/or the administration for distinguished service to the University over an extended period of time. The presentation of a citation and a stipend is made to the recipient.

Rev. Paul J. Foik, C.S.C., Award

2017 Winner: Thurston D. Miller (72 kb PDF)

The Rev. Paul J. Foik, C.S.C., Award is given to a library faculty member who has contributed significantly to library service to the Notre Dame community or to the library profession through personal scholarship or substantive engagement in professional associations. All members of the Hesburgh Libraries and Kresge Law Library faculties with two or more years of service are eligible.

Coordinated by Notre Dame Research

Research Achievement Award

2017 Winner: Norman J. Dovichi (72 kb PDF)

The Research Achievement Award, incorporated in 2001, honors a distinguished faculty member who has made significant contributions to scholarship in his or her discipline and to the research and graduate education goals of the University.

Coordinated by the First Year of Studies

Thomas P. Madden Award

2017 Winner: Elena M. Mangione-Lora (67 kb PDF)

The Thomas P. Madden Award honors that member of the faculty who contributed the most to the teaching of first-year students. Nominations are submitted by first-year students and the First Year of Studies’ advising faculty.

Coordinated by Campus Ministry

Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Awards

2017 Winner (Preaching Award): Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C. (72 kb PDF)

2017 Winner (Social Justice Award): Robert L. Jones, Jr. (73 kb PDF)

Two Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Awards were established to honor the memory of a Holy Cross priest who served as director of Campus Ministry.

The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Award for Preaching is given to a Holy Cross priest who has made significant contributions to the University of Notre Dame in many different ways and in particular as a homilist.

The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Award for Social Justice is given to a member of the Notre Dame faculty who has dedicated himself or herself to teaching and research that emphasize the social justice dimension of the Gospel in an exemplary way.

Coordinated by the Center for Social Concerns

Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

2017 Winner: Kasturi Haldar (78 kb PDF)

The Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award is presented annually to a regular faculty member who has completed at least one research project that addresses a need within the South Bend community or the surrounding area.

More Faculty Awards

For an expanded list of faculty awards that also includes those presented by the University’s colleges and schools, please consult this alphabetical directory (31 kb .docx).