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 2022.  This recognition will be accompanied by a monetary award commensurate with CSB/SJU’s other major faculty awards.

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 annually 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.  

A formal request for nominations will be issued in early spring of 2022.  At that time, the specific nomination materials will be stated, but they are likely to include:

  • 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.