Shawn Ward, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, has been awarded the Collegium Visionary Award, given to an individual who celebrates and advances leadership to promote Catholic mission, scholarship to advance the Catholic intellectual tradition and innovative teaching to bring aspects of the mission of Catholic higher education to life for students.
Founded in 1992, Collegium’s mission is to help faculty at Catholic colleges and universities better understand the mission of Catholic higher education and to invite and help prepare them to become leaders in advancing that mission in creative ways. Collegium serves faculty from 63 member Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Ward is only the seventh faculty member in the U.S. to receive the award, and only the second from a Jesuit institution. It is open to all alumni who participated in Collegium as faculty or graduate fellow.
“I’m tremendously honored to be selected for the Collegium Award,” said Ward, who was a Collegium participant in 1999. “The organization has done so much to build and strengthen mission within Catholic colleges and this recognition is very gratifying.”
Among Ward’s mission related work are:
· Ignatian Colleagues Program – member of the first cohort in 2009
· New faculty orientation coordinator – run two retreats and three professional development sessions during each academic year
· Ignatian faculty forum director – work with more than 60 faculty members
· Staff-administrator Ignatian forum coordinator – approximately 35 staff/administrators have gone through the program
· Campus Ministry - went on the Quito service immersion trip and served on several retreats
· Teach the Mission Module in the Core 100 course
"I am grateful to Collegium for selecting Shawn from among the many strong candidates for the work he does in cultivating a mission-inspired community of practice here at Le Moyne," said David McCallum, S.J., vice president for mission integration, who nominated Shawn for the award.
In addition to the Collegium Award, he was also recognized by Le Moyne in 2016 with the Ignatian Mission Award. He will be formally presented with the Collegium Award sometime during the 2020 spring semester. The award also includes $1,000 that can be used for a retreat, in support of relevant academic research and pedagogical development or for mission-related events on campus.