|Angelyn Dries, O.S.F., professor emerita in the Department of Theological Studies, flips through a binder containing photographs and correspondence of every college student she's had since 1983. Dries was recently awarded the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award. Photo by Danielle Lacey|
Angelyn Dries, O.S.F., professor emerita in the Department of Theological Studies, like most professors, enjoys catching up with her students and hearing the latest news in their lives.
But, unlike most professors, she does so by keeping a well-organized binder full of photos, wedding and birth announcements, newspaper clippings and business cards of every college student she's ever had since 1983.
"Seeing people grow and learn their place in life is really important to me," Dries said.
That's more than likely one of the reasons why Dries has been selected to receive the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association.
The Distinguished Teaching Award is presented each year to a professor who has shown a "high commitment to teaching beyond the expected requirements of their position" and who have through their teaching "promoted Catholic studies from one generation of scholars to another."
Dries stated that she never expected to receive an award like this in her lifetime and is extremely honored.
"Getting this award is, in a way, an affirmation of my desire to continue to grow as a faculty member, a person and a person of faith."
To receive the award, scholars must be nominated and approved by a board vote. Dries doesn't know who nominated her; however, the letter she received that informed her of her win does include a short blurb of one student's comments.
"She has treated me with the utmost respect, in many ways like the very figures that she studies, as persons with multifaceted lives whose value can surface in unexpected ways."
Dries will be recognized during the association's annual conference on Saturday, Jan. 7, in Chicago.
About the American Catholic Historical Association
The American Catholic Historical Association is a conference of scholars, archivists and teachers of Catholic studies and is the place where the field of Catholic studies began.
From its earliest years, the Association has pursued two main objectives: To promote a deeper and more widespread knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church and the advancement of historical scholarship in all fields among its members by offering them opportunities for utilizing their talents and according them public recognition for their demonstrated merits.
For more information or to join the Association, contact Angelyn Dries at firstname.lastname@example.org.