Kenna Arana | July 29, 2019
ACE teachers wholeheartedly commit themselves to teaching, coaching school sports, and above all, sharing Christ’s love with their students. Dr. Max Engel has taken those attributes above and beyond to the college classroom – earning him recognition as the 2019 recipient of the Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field.
Engel, a member of ACE 5 (Montgomery) and Remick 2, received the honor at the Alliance for Catholic Education’s commencement on Saturday, July 13. The award is given annually to an ACE graduate whose work in academia echoes Pressley’s commitment to strengthening education through research and scholarship. Engel is being honored for his dedication to researching religious formation and instruction in Catholic schools as well as the formation of identity of Catholic schools and faculty.
Engel is dually appointed as a professor in both the education and theology departments at Creighton University, although his work is not limited to strengthening the mind and heart. Two years ago, Engel developed “Sport and Spirituality” course to help students recognize that Catholic education should be concerned with the development of the whole human person.
“Catholic education provides a reminder about transcendent values,” he says. “We offer an education of soul, spirit, mind, heart, and body.”
Engel’s commitment to the formation of the whole person is the reason he was interested in ACE after first learning about the program.
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