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Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring

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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. 
Nominate a Faculty Member (PDF)

Please email completed forms to acadaffairs@loyola.edu.

2019 - Katherine Stern Brennan, historykatherine stern brennan, associate professor of history

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Stern Brennan started her graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and received her Ph.D. in French History in 1982. Dr. Stern Brennan focused her research on the seventeenth century, but has loved teaching the European survey course here at Loyola as well as upper division courses on the history of women in Europe, the French revolution, and Napoleon. During the summers, Dr. Stern Brennan often travels to France with her husband, also an historian, and to Vermont where they have a family farm. She is a proud grandmother of 3 and looks forward to having more time with them after she retires. Dr. Stern Brennan will deeply miss the Loyola community, but will carry with her many wonderful memories of students who are eager to grow into young adults and take hold of their world.

2018 - Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, information systems, law and operations

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.