Catholic Benedictine Educator Award

The Catholic Benedictine Educator Award recognizes creative engagement between the Catholic Benedictine tradition and teaching throughout the curriculum. This award affirms a CSB/SJU faculty member whose exemplary teaching successfully integrates the Catholic Benedictine tradition with courses in their academic discipline and/or the Integrations Curriculum.  Sponsored by the Benedictine Institute of Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture, this annual award will be presented at the faculty awards ceremony beginning in the spring of 2023.  The recipient will also receive a monetary award.

Eligibility and Nominations:
The purpose of the award is to encourage faculty to creatively engage and foster understanding of Benedictine or other expressions of the Catholic intellectual tradition when teaching their academic discipline. Faculty members whose academic discipline lies outside of theology or religious studies are eligible for this award; furthermore, eligibility requires integration into courses other than those in the Theology Department or courses that fulfill a Theology requirement in the Integrations Curriculum.  Faculty teaching courses fulfilling the Benedictine Raven requirement are strongly encouraged as nominees.  The strongest nominees will find ways to engage both the Benedictine and Catholic intellectual traditions. 

This award will be presented at the 2022-23 Academic Affairs Awards ceremony to a CSB or SJU faculty member teaching full-time or part-time.  All are invited to nominate a faculty member (including oneself) for this award.  

Submit nominations by February 2023.  To nominate, you will simply submit your name, the nominee's name, and a short paragraph (no more than 200 words) that describes why this nominee should be considered for this award.  Click here to nominate.

Qualified nominees will then be contacted and given a few weeks to submit the following:

  • Statement (maximum 500 words) explaining how the nominee advances our institutional commitment to foster engagement with and/or integration between the Catholic Benedictine tradition and other academic disciplines or non-theology Integration Curriculum courses.
  • Evidence of Catholic Benedictine tradition integration, which may include course syllabi, examples of course assignments engaging with the Catholic Benedictine tradition, or sample work from students.
  • One letter of support from the nominator or other colleague familiar with the nominee’s integrative contribution.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rodger Narloch, Benedictine Institute Director or Dr. Jennifer Beste, Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture.