The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring honors one faculty member who has had a profound impact on the life, career, or direction of students at Loyola. Mentoring takes many forms as faculty support students outside the classroom in their intellectual, professional, civic, spiritual, and personal growth. This faculty member exemplifies Loyola’s focus on equipping students for lifelong success as they continue to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.
Beginning in 2017, this faculty award showcases our faculty’s shared commitment to the Jesuit core value of cura personalis as exhibited through our students’ post-Loyola lives. Selection is based on alumni nominations to a small committee of academic administrators, past recipients, and an alumni affairs representative. The recipient is announced each year at the annual Faculty Excellence Celebration.
To nominate a faculty member, alumni may submit a brief nomination (up to 250 words) describing their role as a mentor at Loyola and the influence on post-Loyola success. Refer to the award description. Nomination forms available on the Alumni Affairs website.
2017 - Christopher Thompson, Biology
Christopher Thompson joined Loyola's Biology department in 2007. He teaches courses in Bioterrorism, Cell Biology, and Microbiology while also mentoring students in his research laboratory and functioning as the Co-director of the Microscopy Core Facility. He received his B.S. from Eastern Washington University with a double major in Biology and Chemistry and a concentration in Biotechnology. He earned a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Iowa, where he was also an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in Infectious Disease. He is a broadly-trained cell biologist whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which complementary and alternative medicines alter cellular functions of the innate immune system, the molecular mechanisms of stress and heat shock, and the microbiome of forensically important insects.