June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

Presidential message

Introduced in 2019, Creighton University’s Kingfisher Award seeks to recognize outstanding Creighton faculty and staff who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the enduring values, principles, and practices of the humanities as they relate to the work and activities of our University and our community. 

Our first two recipients, John O’Keefe, PhD, and Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, truly embodied the Jesuit tradition of “contemplation in action.” O’Keefe, a theology professor and documentary filmmaker, is a scholar of patristic theology whose commitment to environmental justice has inspired his research in the area of eco-theology. Kosoko-Lasaki, a professor in the School of Medicine and associate vice provost for Health Sciences, has led minority outreach programs through the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) office for more than 20 years.

Nominees for this award will, among other possibilities, demonstrate the creative application of humanities principles and practices; discover ways to integrate the humanities with other disciplines or professions; or participate in publicly engaged teaching and scholarship.

Nomination materials are due by July 23, and the award will be this fall. Nomination materials include: 

  1. letter(s) of nomination and support
  2. the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé, and
  3. statement from the nominee (optional). 

Nomination materials can be submitted with this online form (preferred), or in hard copy in care of David Barnum in my office. A selection committee composed of two presidential appointees, the director and a staff member of the Kingfisher Institute, an appointee selected by the Dean’s Council, an appointee identified by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and a Creighton graduate will send a ranked list of finalists with written recommendations to me for selection. The awardee will receive $5,000 for research and scholarship and a Kingfisher statuette designed and made by a local artist.

You are welcome to resubmit nominations from last year’s excellent pool of candidates. I encourage you to nominate deserving colleagues for this prestigious award, and I look forward to reviewing the list of finalists this summer. Again, nominations are due by July 23.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD