Carrie Gates | November 25, 2019
Jason Ruiz, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies, has won the 2019 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters.
Created in 1970, the Sheedy Award honors Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951 to 1969. Ruiz will accept the award at a reception in his honor on December 3.
“It means the world to me to be recognized in this way, he said, “especially because the College is full of great teachers I admire.”
Ruiz, who came to Notre Dame in 2008, is also an affiliated faculty member in the Gender Studies Program and the departments of Africana Studies and Film, Television, and Theatre, and a fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies.
His research and teaching focus on race and popular culture, Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies. He addresses these often delicate and difficult topics with “respect and warmth,” said Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies.
“Jason is one of the most versatile and gifted teachers I have observed,” Tweed said. “I am struck by how well he includes all voices and makes everyone feel that their insights are not only expected but warmly welcomed. One of our former students put it best, ‘He builds a community of scholars.’”
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