Sheedy Teaching Award
The Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher in the College of Arts and Letters.
The Sheedy Award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951–69, and acknowledges a faculty member who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. This individual must also motivate and enrich students using innovative and creative teaching methods and influence teaching and learning within the department, College, and University.
2019 Award Recipient
Associate Professor Jason Ruiz
Jason Ruiz is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Gender Studies Program and the departments of Africana Studies and Film, Television, and Theatre; and a fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies.
Since 2008, he has taught courses at Notre Dame that focus on race and popular culture, Latinx history and studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
His research focuses on American perceptions of latinidad and Latin America with emphases on race, cultural and economic imperialism, tourism, gender, and sexuality. Ruiz is currently writing a cultural history of latinidad and the War on Drugs in popular media and is principal investigator of “Latinx Murals of Pilsen,” a public-facing digital humanities project focused on public art in Chicago.
He is an affiliated faculty member in the Gender Studies Program, the Departments of Africana Studies and Film, Television, and Theatre, and in the Institute for Latino Studies. He is a 2016 recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Notre Dame.
Ruiz was honored at a faculty reception at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2019, in the Morris Inn Smith Ballroom.
Previous Award Recipients
|2019||Jason Ruiz||Video, Speech, News story||American Studies|
|2018||Ernesto Verdeja||Video, Speech, News story||Political Science|
|2017||Jessica Collett||Video, Speech, News story||Sociology|
|2016||Marisel Moreno||Video, Speech, News story||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|2015||Robert Sedlack||Video, News story||Art, Art History, and Design|
|2014||John Sitter||Video, Speech, News story||English|
|2013||Julia Douthwaite||Video, News story||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|2012||Peter Holland||Video, Speech||Film, Television, and Theatre|
|2011||Thomas F.X. Noble||Speech||History|
|2010||James Collins||Speech||Film, Television, and Theatre|
|2009||Richard Pierce||Speech||Africana Studies|
|2006||Christian Moevs||Speech||Romance Languages and Literatures|
|2005||Gail Bederman (co-recipient)||Speech||History|
|2005||William Ramsey (co-recipient)||Speech||Philosophy|
|2004||William H. Leahy (co-recipient)||Speech||Economics and Policy Studies|
|2004||A. Peter Walshe (co-recipient)||Speech||Political Science|
|2002||Andrew Weigert||Student reflections: Christopher Broughton, Eugene Kang, and Sarah MacMillen||Sociology|
|2001||Stephen M. Fallon (co-recipient)||Speech||Program of Liberal Studies|
|2001||Wilson “Bill” Miscamble, C.S.C. (co-recipient)||Speech||History|
|2000||Reginald F. Bain||Speech||Film, Television, and Theatre|
|1999||Douglas Kinsey||Speech||Art, Art History, and Design|
|1997||Frederick J. Crosson||Program of Liberal Studies|
|1995||A. James McAdams||Government and Int’l Relations|
|1994||Rev. Robert Kerby||History|
|1993||Jeanne Day (co-recipient)||Psychology|
|1993||Timothy Scully (co-recipient)||Government and Int’l Relations|
|1990||Sonia G. Gernes||English|
|1989||Richard F. Foley||Philosophy|
|1988||Rev. George Minamiki, S.J.||Modern & Classical Languages|
|1986||James O. Bellis||Anthropology|
|1985||M. Katherine Tillman||Program of Liberal Studies|
|1983||John Roos||Government and Int’l Relations|
|1979||Rev. Thomas Blantz, C.S.C.||History|
|1978||Rev. John Dunne, C.S.C.||Theology|
|1977||Edward Cronin||Program of Liberal Studies|
|1973||Robert Vacca||Modern & Classical Languages|