Departmental News

Faculty and Staff Receive College Awards

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, two members of the Department of Theology received awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Richard Miller received (in absentia) the 2020 Dedication to Mission Award for his work on climate change and sustainability, demonstrating Dr. Miller's dedication to the Jesuit charism of "faith that sees and does justice." Dr. Miller has published scholarly research and has been interviewed by major news publications on climate change; he has also been involved in policy making on climate change and sustainability for both the Catholic Church and the US government. For his efforts, Dr. Miller will receive the 2020 Steward of God's Creation Award from the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, joining other luminary authors, activists, and scientists who have received the award in the past.

Additionally, Colleen Hastings received the 2020 Staff Award for the College. Ms. Hastings helps coordinate the master's programs in Christian spirituality and ministry, and supports the activities of the Kripke Center (Dr. Simkins), the Klutznick Chair (Dr. Greenspoon), and the Graff Chair (Dr. Salzman) all in the Department of Theology in addition to several other roles in the College. She is an integral part in the successes of the annual Lawler Lecture, Women in Religion Lecture, Klutznick Symposium, and Kripke Symposium.

Dr. Greenspoon Receives University Research Award

On Tuesday, February 4, Creighton University president Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., announced that Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, would receive a 2020 University Research Award on March 31, 2020. The University Research Award is granted to faculty who have a demonstrated record of nationally and internationally recognized research or creative work; who have engaged in scholarship that provides significant contributions to their profession or discipline; and who have a record of research and publication/creative accomplishment while at Creighton University.

Dr. O'Keefe Receives Kingfisher Award

In September 2019, Dr. John O'Keefe received the inaugural Kingfisher Award. The annual award is given to faculty or staff who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the enduring values, principles, and practices of the humanities as they relate to the work and activities of Creighton University, and who embody the Jesuit tradition of "contemplation in action."