April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As announced at my Convocation address in February, I am eager to provide more information regarding the new Kingfisher Award.

With the announcement of the Kingfisher Award, the University 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. The individuals selected for this award will embody the Jesuit tradition of “contemplation in action.” They are people who find innovative and inspiring ways to unify heart, hands, and mind to reveal the ongoing relevance of humanistic ideals and practices in our lives and our professions. In the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire inspires these efforts, we “say more.”

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; and/or participate in publicly engaged teaching and scholarship.

Nomination materials are due by May 17, and the award will be presented at the Mission Week Convocation on Sept. 10. Required nomination materials include letter(s) of nomination and support, as well as the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé. A statement from the nominee is optional. Nomination materials can be submitted to my office via this online form, or in hard copy in care of David Barnum. 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.

I encourage you to nominate deserving colleagues for this prestigious, inaugural award,  and I look forward to reviewing the list of finalists this summer. Again, nominations are due by May 17.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ