Since 1978 Loyola has recognized faculty from all colleges by choosing one annually to receive the Dux Academicus Award, the highest honor a professor can receive for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Current students, colleagues, and former students nominate the professor for the Dux Academicus and a committee of faculty, students and alumni selects the winners. The awards are presented in January during the President's Convocation. You can find portraits of current and past recipients on the third floor of Monroe Library's, Dux Academicus Corner, located near the main elevators.
The following are some of the remarks from Provost, Marc Mananaro's announcement of Dr. Dorn as the 2012 Dux Academicus Award recipient:
Known as an innovative teacher, her commitment to learning about and developing new approaches to learning has led her to be an active participant in interacting with other educators on campus. She has supported and encouraged many students to travel with her to professional conferences to present papers based on their research. Through her commitment to undergraduate collaborative scholarship, she has helped shape the lives of her students that have led them into a life of learning. In the words of her nominator, she is arguably one of the most outstanding science reseachers at Loyola, having created and sustained a remarkable body of research. This year's recipient embodies the characteristics and accomplishments that we honor with this award.
Patrica L. Dorn
Professor of Biological Sciences
Robert A. Thomas
Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication
Mark F. Fernandez
Professor of History
Alfred Lawrence Lorenz
Professor Emeritus School of Mass Communication
John P. Clark
Gregory F. Curtin, S.J., Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and The Professions and Professor of Philosophy