Carrie Gates | May 9, 2019
Jennifer Newsome Martin, an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, has received the 2019 Frank O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding service to the students of the Notre Dame community.
Established in 1994 by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the award is named for Notre Dame professor Frank O’Malley, who taught classes on the philosophy of literature for more than 40 years. Recipients are nominated by undergraduates and approved by the Student Government.
Martin, who holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Theology, received the award at the annual Student Leadership Banquet this month and will also be recognized at the University’s commencement ceremony in May.
“It is incredibly humbling, and even moving, to know that this nomination came directly from students and to have read their generous words,” Martin said. “In my teaching, I have always tried to create welcoming, democratic, and intellectually rigorous spaces for exploring the kinds of profound questions that arise naturally in Catholic theology and in the Western intellectual and literary tradition; it is marvelously gratifying for me to see that these efforts have resonated so strongly with our students.”
Martin, a systematic theologian who received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Letters in 2012.
This semester, she is teaching the third seminar in the PLS curriculum sequence — a discussion-intensive course in which students engage classic texts from medieval and early Renaissance authors. In the fall, she is slated to teach the program’s Great Books Seminar I (Homer through Plato), as well as a university seminar in literature called Ancient Greece: Civilization and Savagery.
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