Faculty Honored

There were congratulations all around this fall as several professors won accolades for their work.

Dr. Elizabeth Dreyer, professor of religious studies, and editor of the Called to Holiness: Spirituality for Catholic Women book series, received the news that three of the books won awards from the Catholic Press Association. Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective, which she wrote, won first place in the Gender Issues category, while another book in the series, Living a Spirituality of Action: A Woman’s Perspective by Joan Mueller, O.S.C., won third place in the same category. Dolores Leckey’s Grieving with Grace: A Woman’s Perspective won third place in the Family Life category.

Dr. David Crawford, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, won the 2009 Julian Steward Award for the best monograph in environmental/ecological anthropology published in the past three years for his Moroccan Households in the World Economy: Labor and Inequality in a Berber Village. The Anthropology & Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association presented the award on Dec. 4.

On Nov. 7, Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, aprn, was inducted to the American Academy of Nursing as a new Fellow, the highest national award in the nursing profession. Nominated by two current Fellows, she was selected by the Academy’s 15-member Fellow Selection Committee for outstanding achievements in the nursing profession.

Her colleague, Dr. Sheila Grossman, professor of nursing, received the 2009 Josephine Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education from the Connecticut Nurses’ Association.

Dr. Paul Lakeland, professor of religious studies and director of the Center for Catholic Studies, has been awarded the Alan Richardson Fellowship, which aims “to promote research into the exposition and defense of Christian doctrine within the context of contemporary thought and its challenges.” He will be in residence at Durham University in England during most of Fall 2010.

Back on campus, Dr. Kathy Nantz, professor of economics and facilitator of the Core Integration Initiative, received the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. “I have worked with Kathy on many different projects,” said Dr. Larry Miners, an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Academic Excellence. “Her dedication to her students is unswerving and her enthusiasm is contagious.”