Honors & Awards

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FORUM FOR THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION GRANT

2015

Successful Grant: "BELONGING, BEING, AND ACTION—CALLING AND PURPOSE”: INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES PROJECT

As the Chief Academic Officer of the college, I am charged with the duty of advancing the academic program and allocating resources to sustain excellence in student learning, faculty scholarship and creative performance. This requires the prudential management of a budget of $12,000,000. I exercise general authority over and supervise the operations of all academic departments of the college, all members of the faculty, all academic administrative officers and employees, and bear responsibility for the academic work of all students. 

I have been given responsibility for providing a clear and compelling articulation of a robust vision for the integration of faith, learning and living in the total academic program consistent with Northwestern’s Vision for Learning and Vision for Diversity statements. Key to this work is my leadership of the Strategic Planning Committee through which I seek to build capacity for an effective balance of innovative program development and responsible management of fixed and variable costs. 

In the course of advancing the academic program and fostering excellence in student learning, faculty scholarship and creative performance, I direct the work of four talented academic deans: dean of Arts and Humanities, Graduate and Adult Education, Natural and Applied Sciences, and the dean of Social Sciences. 

In addition, I supervise the work of the directors of library, computing services, audiovisual services, academic support, institutional research, and the registrar. In addition, I oversee the work of the following directors: Honors Society, NWCore, Freshman Year Seminar Program, Global Education, Institutional Assessment, and the Franken Leadership Center. 

In addition, I bear responsibility for the development, evaluation, and promotion of faculty, and provide oversight to the following committees: Academic Affairs, Academic Program Assessment, Faculty Development, Faculty Personnel Committee, Northwestern Core, Institutional Research, and the Deans Council. 

I report directly to the President of the college, serve on the President’s Cabinet, and periodically report to the Board of Trustees and the President’s National Advisory Committee on the state of the college.

 
 
 
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INTERCOLLEGIATE STUDIES INSTITUTE, OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR

2006

Recognized in the 2006 edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools, as one of Wheaton College's most outstanding teachers.

 
 
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WHEATON COLLEGE ALUMNI AND ALDEEN FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

2001-2005

Competitive grants awarded to faculty conducting exemplary academic research.

 
 
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G. W. ALDEEN MEMORIAL FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT IN SUPPORT OF THE PUBLICATION OF ESSAYS CATHOLIC AND CRITICAL

 

2001

This book, Essays Catholic and Critical presents the most significant work of the highly esteemed contemporary theologian George Schner, who died in 2000. Gathering together his writing in the areas of theology and the philosophy of religion, it offers a distinct contribution to our understanding of the prospects and perils of undertaking theology in the Christian tradition at the present juncture. Engaging key texts in philosophy of religion from the modern period, recent official Roman Catholic teaching related to the basis and doing of theology, and the work of key representatives of the so-called 'Yale School' of post-liberal theology, the essays collected here represent acute and historically informed judgment upon the problematique of the practice of contemporary theology. Drawing together a substantial body of work of recognized intellectual scope, philosophical rigour and theological richness, this volume provides invaluable insight into key questions regarding theological method, the importance of modern philosophy of religion, the nature of theological discourse and contemporary Catholic theological reflection.