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Department Administrator Honored by College of Arts and Letters

Author: Emily Hammock

Melody Kesler, department administrator, has been awarded the 2015 Inside Award from the College of Arts and Letters. This award, given annually by the College to one exemplary staff member, recognizes communication, collaboration, and innovation in service to the College. Award recipients are nominated by another member of the College staff and are selected by a committee organized by the Dean's Office. Melody was recognized at the annual College of Arts and Letters staff luncheon May 21. Congratulations, Melody! Read More

Theology Staff Member Honored by Grad School

Author: Emily Hammock

Cheron Price, the administrative assistant to the MTS and PHD programs, has been awarded the 2015 Graduate Administrative Staff member award. This award, given annually by the Graduate School, recognizes efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation in the service of graduate students. Award recipients are nominated by their corresponding director of graduate studies and are selected by the Graduate Studies Leadership Committee. Cheron was recognized at the annual Graduate School luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Congratulations to Cheron! Read More

Theology Professor Appointed Vice President and Associate Provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. Read More

Department Announces Senior Award Winners!

Author: Emily Hammock

The Theology Department is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Senior Awards. Hope F. has received The Gertrude Austin Marti Award in Theology and Patrick Calderon has received The Reverend Joseph H. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. Award. There were many outstanding candidates among our graduating seniors, but we were particularly impressed with the academic and extracurricular achievements Hope and Patrick have made during their Notre Dame careers. Congratulations to our 2015 award winners Read More

"Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science" Project Receives $3.1 Million Grant from Templeton Religion Trust

Author: Emily Hammock

“Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science” marks the first multidisciplinary investigation into the dispositions cultivated by scientific practice. Supported by a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, this project will focus on identifying virtues among laboratory scientists -- that  is, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dispositions to act in ways that advance the good of both the individual and a given community. Over a three-year period, the project team (including psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians) will use broad surveys and intensive ethnographic studies to examine the dispositions that are correlated with laboratory research in biology. Drawing on existing literature and original research, the team will also consider how these dispositions might sustain or impede human flourishing in both science and other contexts, including familial, religious, and civic communities. Furthermore, a smaller study of musical ensembles will provide a contrasting look at highly-trained, cooperative teamwork in a non-scientific field. We anticipate that this project will generate significant transdisciplinary research, such as spurring theological and philosophical reflection on the virtues in new and perhaps unexpected ways. Read More