Loren Cass, professor of political science and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, received the 2016 Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Fall Address and Faculty Awards Ceremony.
The award is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated the College’s commitment to teaching and personalized instruction, making ideas come alive for students both in and out of the classroom. A selection committee composed of prior years’ awardees, students and administrators reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, who makes the final selection.
A scholar of global environmental politics, Cass teaches courses on topics including comparative environmental policy and global environmental politics, as well as international political economy and international relations.
“My role as a teacher is to bring my passion and expertise as a scholar to the classroom,” says Cass. “I don’t see my role as that of an advocate trying to impose a particular environmental ethic; rather, I want to raise the important questions of our day, provide a context for understanding the origins of environmental problems and the challenges of addressing them, and then equip my students with the tools to tackle those problems.”
In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Raymond J. Swords, S.J., Faculty Medal was presented, honoring those members of the faculty who have served the College for 25 years or more. This year’s recipients were: David Chu, associate professor of accounting, director of the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies and pre-business advisor; M. Estrella Cibreiro-Couce, professor of Spanish and dean of Class of 2018; Predrag Cicovacki, professor of philosophy; Christopher Dustin, professor of philosophy; Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music; and Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, director of the Office of the College Chaplains. ■
—Evangelia Stefanakos ’14