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Deborah Calhoun Receives Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award

May 24, 2014

Deborah Calhoun, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the business department at Notre Dame of Maryland University, has been honored with the 2014 Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award. Every year since 1976, the University has selected to honor one exemplary faculty colleague.  

NDMU President Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D., presented the award to Dr. Calhoun during the University’s 2014 Commencement on May 24 at the Hilton Baltimore.

Dr. Coley, in presenting the surprise honor to Dr. Calhoun, noted that she 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,” Dr. Coley said. “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.”

Dr. Calhoun earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University, Maryland, and at the Commencement ceremony was awarded a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Dr. Coley said that Dr. Calhoun’s colleagues selected her for the honor because of the many innovative programs she has launched at the University.

“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,” Dr. Coley said.