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Five faculty recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching, research

Five faculty recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching, research
May 31, 2011

Phil Brozynski
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Jim ludema (2) JAN2011Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University recognized five members of its faculty for outstanding service to students, the University and the community during ceremonies held May 18 in the Krasa Student Center.  

Benedictine University faculty awards acknowledge and celebrate exemplary faculty teaching, research and service. Faculty can be nominated by any member of the Benedictine community – faculty, staff, administrator or student. Deans and associate provosts make recommendations to the provost, who makes the final decision.

John Draut, a Lisle resident and an assistant professor in the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine, was named the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.

"John is one of the most innovative and creative instructors in the M.B.A. department," said Don Taylor, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "He engages and energizes students, and gives them a love of learning that will be with them the rest of their lives."

Draut introduced a nationally-ranked capstone business simulation that requires students to create an entire company, compete globally and make strategic decisions each week that impact their company's success. The simulation is played against approximately 35,000 students at 280 universities throughout the world.

Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., associate professor in the Master of Science degree program in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. degree program in Organization Development and a resident of Naperville, was named the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

"One of the best measures of one's contributions to the discipline is the extent to which one is publicly recognized by major academic and professional organizations," Taylor aid. "Therese is the only woman to be recognized through major awards from all three of the major associations in her field – the Academy of Management, the OD Network and the OD Institute."

Jim Ludema, Ph.D., professor in the doctoral programs in Organization Development and Values-Driven Leadership, founder of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University and a resident of Chicago, was named the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for External Service.

"Jim's vision, leadership and energy were critical in creating the vision for the center, expanding that vision to a proposal rich enough to engage University support and enable raising a substantial amount from corporate sponsors to endow the center," Taylor aid. "He has also brought significant external recognition to Benedictine."

Vince Gaddis, Ph.D., chair of the department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and an Aurora resident, was named the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Internal Service.

"Vince has spearheaded the development of the Theology and Global Studies majors, brought in countless outside speakers and planned faculty seminars with very limited resources, organized the annual Faith and Reason Symposium, and has been prominent in many activities supporting and promoting diversity on campus," said Maria de la Camara, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

John Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., a resident of Lisle and a professor in the M.B.A. program, was named the recipient of the Judith Whinfrey Award for Leadership. Whinfrey, who served as a member of the University board of trustees and was a former principal and managing consultant with Hewitt Associates, succumbed to cancer in January 2010.

Doyle, who is waging his own battle with cancer, came to Benedictine after a long and successful career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

"Kevin has maintained the highest level of faculty leadership on campus all the while struggling with a truly terrible health diagnosis," Taylor said. "People have long commented on Kevin's ability to get things done, to keep people on task and up to standards while treating them with integrity and respect."


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.