Haddix Faculty Research Fund

Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund

The Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund supports and enhances the research and scholarly productivity of full-time faculty at Creighton University. Faculty often involve students in their Haddix-funded projects. They are also encouraged to use the funds as a seed grant toward applying for external funding to further promising work, and have displayed a record of success in this regard.

2018 Awardees

Interdisciplinary Team Award

  • Kimberly Beran-Shepler, Physical Therapy Department: Identifying Interprofessional Educational and Collaborative Practice Learner Outcomes: Creating Creighton Collaborators as Change Agents for Health Care
  • Candace Bloomquist, Interdisciplinary Studies Department: A Phenomenological Exploration of What It Means to Experience a Culture of Trust

New Investigator/ New Direction Award

  • Travis Bourret, Medical Microbiology & Immunology: Development of a Multiplexed Competitive Index to Assess Salmonella Virulence
  • Daniel DiLeo, Cultural and Social Studies Department: The Social Mission of the Catholic Church
  • Kathy Gonzales, Interdisciplinary Studies Department: The Impact and Effectiveness of Conflict Resolution Education on the Workplace Performance of Healthcare Professionals
  • David Sidebottom, Physics Department: Morphology and Function of Carbon Nano-dots

Interdisciplinary Team Award

  • Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Biology Department: Honey Bees in Peril: An Investigation of Honey Bee Viral Infection Dynamics and Modelling–Implications for Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Kayla Pope, Psychiatry Department: Capturing the Gaps in Patients with Autism Through Collaborative Care
  • Annemarie Shibata, Biology Department: Design and Evaluation of CNS-Targeted Antiretroviral Nanoparticles
  • Jeffrey Smith, Education Department: Teaching Prospective Counselors and Educators Through Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning

Teaching/Learning/Mission Award

  • Betni Kalk, Journalism, Media & Computing Department: Artist-Community Collaborative Murals Guide and Website
  • Peggy Rupprecht, Journalism, Media & Computing Department: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Meaning of Global Engagement Among Former Participants of a Backpack Journalism Course

About Dr. George Haddix

Dr. George Haddix earned his master’s in mathematics from Creighton in 1966 before pursuing his PhD from Iowa State University. He was a civilian mathematician for the United States Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers, and he taught math at Creighton until transitioning to a career in business.

Dr. Haddix spent his career at the center of the information technology revolution and is a respected businessman. He retired in 2009 as chair and CEO of PKWARE, Inc. and PKWARE Holdings, Inc. of Milwaukee, and in 2011 was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.

Dr. Haddix and his late wife, Sally Hansen Haddix, have dedicated much of their lives to helping students succeed. Dr. Haddix generously funds an annual scholarship at Omaha North. At Creighton, he has funded the John N. Mordesen, PhD Endowed Chair in Mathematics and helped found the Center for Mathematics of Uncertainty. A faculty research fund was also named in his honor.

His reach has touched organizations such as the Boys Town National Research Hospital, CUES, Child Saving Institute and the Omaha Jesuit Academy.

Success Story: Andrew Hogan, PhD

Andrew Hogan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of History

The Haddix grant allowed me to dedicate a month of full-time work in Summer 2016 to a new research project on the history of evolving clinical views of disability. I spent much of this time exploring the archival collection of Wolf Wolfensberger, a clinical psychologist, located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With Haddix funding, I also hired multiple undergraduate students to help examine archival resources and publications on the history of psychology. A period of undisrupted work time, with student support, is extremely valuable at the beginning of a new project, to establish a theoretical foundation and concrete empirical basis for the research ahead. This initial background was essential as I formulated, wrote and submitted a proposal for a 3-year National Science Foundation grant to complete this project.

The National Science Foundation grant, which I was awarded in February 2017, allows me to continue the work that I began with Haddix grant seed money. It has allowed me to hire additional undergraduate students, provides three more summers of undisrupted research time, and will fund travel around the United States for interviews and for examining additional archival sources to complete this project.