The purpose of the Thomas and Clementine Mullan Distinguished Teaching Endowed Award is to provide recognition and encouragement of outstanding teaching, by presenting a monetary award to a member of the faculty elected by the administration, faculty and students at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Nomination Criteria

To be nominated for the award, a faculty member must meet the following criteria:

  1. Full-time faculty status
  2. A minimum of three years of full-time teaching at Notre Dame of Maryland University
  3. Outstanding instructional competence and skill

Evidence of outstanding instructional competence and skill may be found in the following:

  • Ability to stimulate students intellectually so that they will participate in class discussions, do library work, and strive for excellence in written and in oral communication
  • Ability to relate course material to the world beyond the classroom
  • Ability to design effective evaluation criteria for judging student performance and understanding of course content
  • Adherence to the Notre Dame mission

The Nominating Committee

The Mullan Distinguished Teacher Committee consists of the following 11 members:

  1. The four faculty members who have most recently been awarded the honor for distinguished teaching (Each year the new recipient of the award will replace one of the faculty members presently on the Committee.)
  2. The student chairperson of the Academic Committee of the Student Senate.
  3. Four Dean's List students representing humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and natural sciences (Those students shall be elected by all the Dean's List students.)
  4. A College of Adult Undergraduate Studies student designated by the vice president for academic affairs.
  5. A Continuing Education student designated by the vice president for academic affairs (Students selected from CAUS and the Continuing Education program are to have strong academic records and to have been students in these programs for a continued period of time.)


  1. The Committee solicits nominations from students and faculty, reviews and discusses these nominations, and selects three nominees whose names it presents to the president.
  2. The president, in consultation with the vice president for academic affairs, chooses one of the three nominees for the award.
  3. The deliberations of the Committee and the names of the three nominees are kept absolutely confidential among the Committee members.
Inception and Funding

In 1975, Sister Kathleen Feeley visited and solicited her friend, "Tim" Thomas Mullan, Jr., the then President of the Thomas F. and Clementine L. Foundation, (named for Tim's father and mother) to endow a Distinguished Teaching Award that "would be self-sustaining in perpetuity. Each year, at the yearly Honors Convocation, a presentation of $1,000 would be made to an outstanding faculty member. This award would be a long-lasting and effective memorial to your parents." 

Tim pledged $20,000 from his Foundation to endow the Thomas F. and Clementine L. Mullan Distinguished Teaching Endowed Award. Sister Kathleen invited him to "be with us that day to make the presentation."

In 1976, Dr. Margaret J. Steinhagen '54, who became Chair of the Education Department at Notre Dame, was the first recipient of the Mullan Award. Tim Mullan, Jr. died in 1994; He is survived by  two sons, Thomas F. Mullan III of Sparks and J. Patrick Mullan of Phoenix; a daughter, Mary Ellen Mullan of Woodbrook.

Past Recipients
  1. Jeanne Stevenson, Ph.D.
  2. Charles F. Ritter, Ph.D.
  3. Delia Dowling, SSND, Ph.D.
  4. Tracey T. Manning, Ph.D.
  5. Michael l. Storey, Ph.D.
  6. Joseph Di Rienzi, Ph.D.
  7. Josephine Trueschler, M.A.
  8. Alma McNicholas, SSND, Ph.D.
  9. James F. LaCroce, S.T.D.
  10. Ernest Ragogini, D.M.A
  11. Marie Michelle Walsh, SSND, Ph.D.
  12. Stephen J. Vicchio, Ph.D.
  13. Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND, Ph.D.
  14. Barbara McDonnell, M.F.A.
  15. Mary Ellen Dougherty, SSND, M.A.
  16. Debra Franklin, Ph. D.
  17. Barbara Livermon, M.Ed.
  18. Stephen Beckenholdt, J.D.
  19. Christy Izdebski, D.M.A.
  20. Alison Dray-Novey, Ph.D.
  21. Cynthia Wang, Ph.D.
  22. Ademar Bechtold, Ph.D.
  23. Theresa Lamy, SSND, Ph.D.
  24. E. Susan Barber, Ph.D.
  25. Fern Babkes M.A.
  26. Leonor Blum M.A.
  27. Sharon Kanis, SSND, Ph.D.
  28. Paul Weldon, Ph.D.
  29. Sally Wall Ph.D.
  30. Joanne Gladden Ph.D.
  31. Brian Berry Ph.D.
  32. Janice Bonner, Ph.D.
  33. Joan Sattler, Ed.D.
  34. Margaret Ellen Mahoney, SSND, Ph.D.
  35. Maeve O’Donovan, Ph.D.
  36. Deborah Calhoun
  37. William Davis
  38. Evelyn Spratt
  39. Angela Sherman