Carrie Gates | December 2, 2014
John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in Notre Dame’s English Department, will be presented with the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award on Tuesday, December 2.
The Sheedy award is the highest teaching honor in the College. It was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.
A renowned scholar of 18th-century poetry, Sitter does not “allow his own field to limit his intellectual interests,” said Valerie Sayers, professor and former chair of the Department of English.
“For several decades, John has also taught poetry, fiction, the essay, creative nonfiction, and television—from ancient times to the present,” she said. “We are particularly excited by his recent work in the fields of eco-criticism and sustainability studies.
“With his emphasis on ethics, virtue, and engagement in civil life, he is certainly a model for his students, as well as a model for all teacher-scholars.”