The strength of the academic programs at Notre Dame de Namur University is the faculty who teach and support students in their learning. NDNU focuses primarily on the teaching-learning mission of the university. Faculty continually challenge themselves to engage students in learning.
Meet Our Faculty
Keller Teaching Excellence Award
Outstanding teaching is recognized through an award named in honor of trustee and former Board Chair George M. Keller. Recipients of the Keller Teaching Excellence Award receive a cash prize and are recognized at the annual Commencement ceremony.
The 2014 Keller Teaching Excellence Award winner was Dr. Richard Carolan, professor of art therapy psychology and director, Art Therapy Ph.D program. Students describe Richard Carolan as “integral to my growth,” “consistently supportive and enthusiastic,” and an “amazing teacher and mentor.” He “guides and inspires students,” and “brings humor and lightness.” Richard Carolan received his Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. Past recipients
Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Chair for Visiting Scholars
NDNU also introduces students to outstanding scholars from beyond the bounds of the university through an endowment established to honor a former President. The Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Chair for Visiting Scholars was established in 1980. The funds are used to bring distinguished visiting faculty to the campus. Normally the visiting scholar teaches a semester length course at the graduate or undergraduate level and gives a public lecture open to members of the local community. Past visiting scholars