Carrie Gates | May 11, 2019
Associate Professor Ernesto Verdeja believes that we have a fundamental obligation to confront injustice in the world.
It’s a passion he shares with his students in the Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where he teaches courses on some of the most severe challenges facing countries today — including peacebuilding, human rights violations, and genocide.
“I have found it quite inspiring to speak with students — who often want to know what they can do and then take the lead in their own communities, on campus, or in other places,” Verdeja said.
“As a professor, I can’t pay it back to the people who taught me, but I can pay it forward. And it’s very exciting to see young people taking the next steps and thinking so creatively about questions I’ve been struggling with for a long time.”
For his work in the classroom, Verdeja has been selected to receive the 2018 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award — the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters — which will be presented at a reception in his honor on May 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium.
“Notre Dame is fortunate to have someone of Professor Verdeja’s commitment and moral compass to count among our professorial colleagues,” said Luis Fraga, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and former chair of the department. “There is no doubt that our students and University are more grounded in Notre Dame’s mission to do good in the world because of him.”
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