May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

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 community.

Our inaugural recipient, John O’Keefe, PhD, a theology professor and documentary filmmaker, truly embodied the Jesuit tradition of “contemplation in action.”

The next individual selected for this award will be someone who finds innovative and inspiring ways to unify hearts, hands, and minds to reveal the ongoing relevance of humanistic ideals and practices in our lives and our professions. In the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, 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 humanistic 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 June 30, and the award will be presented this fall. Nomination materials include:

  1. Letter(s) of nomination and support
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  3. Statement from the nominee (optional)

Nomination materials can be submitted through this online form, 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 June 30.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD