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Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award

Representatives of students, faculty and administration annually select one faculty member to receive the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award—a plaque and stipend given in public recognition of exceptional teaching ability.

Deborah Calhoun, Ph.D., 2014 Winner

Presented May 24, 2014 by President Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D.

Every year since 1976, the University has selected one faculty colleague for the Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award.  

Both students and colleagues may nominate faculty for this distinction, on the basis of their ability to foster students’ intellectual development and relate course material to the real world, as well as their contributions to the University and the community at large. By tradition, the announcement of the winner is kept a surprise—even for the recipient.

This year’s recipient well represents the purpose of the award. As a colleague who nominated her points out, she not only relates course material to the real world but has used research from the real world to develop a list of “best practices” that faculty can take to the classroom.

Since 1991, when she earned her first full-time appointment at Notre Dame with letters of recommendation from the Baltimore Sun and Westinghouse, this year’s Mullan Award winner has been an advocate for every student’s learning at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.  Today, Deborah Calhoun  teaches not only in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business Business Department, which she chairs, but also in the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy.

Equally capable as educator and administrator, Professor Calhoun possesses a collaborative vision that has shaped the creation of the Weekend College, the First Impressions program and our new Coached Leadership program.  She is an expert in the needs of adult learners and the team-learning model for the professional world.

Today Notre Dame is proud not only to proclaim her a distinguished teacher, but—minutes from now—a new Ph.D. with a dissertation titled Teaching Teamwork to College Students Through Cooperative Learning. 

Congratulations, Doctor Calhoun.