Bellarmine College Awards

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts bestows an annual award recognizing a faculty member's teaching and advising and research, scholarship, or creative work in addition to recognizing outstanding service by our faculty and staff.

Daum Professorship Award

Created from a legacy received from Harry M. Daum, Class of 1938, the Daum Professorship is an annual award to a senior professor in the College who has exhibited a record of excellence in teaching and advising, scholarship or creative work, and service to the department, college and university. Departments may nominate one colleague annually for this award, which carries a one-course remission per semester for one academic year and a $10,000 research account. The Daum Professor will present a lecture to the College on some aspect of his/her career in teaching and advising, scholarship & creative work, and service. 

2016-17 Daum Professorship Awardee: Paul A. Harris, Professor of English

‌Professor Paul Harris researches and teaches in the areas of literature, theory philosophy, physics, mathematics, ecology, ethics, Big History, interdisciplinary study of time. He has published more than 50 scholarly publications, including editing three volumes and three journal issues. He has served as co-editor of SubStance: A journal of Literary Criticism and Theory since 1996, and was President of the International Society for the Study of Time from 2004 to 2013. Prof. Harris has developed and taught courses at all levels of the curriculum that emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and writing; creative titles of these courses include: A Course About Nothing, Detecting the Divine: Mysteries Literary and Theological, Spaces of Wonder, The Brain of Literature: How Fiction Thinks. Prof. Harris was a Fulbright Professor at Ludwig Maximalien University in Munich 1998-99 and Visiting Professor at the University of Paris in 2014. He served the English Department as Graduate Director from 1996 to 2007 and as Department Chair from 2011 to 2015. During his time on the Faculty Senate, Prof. Harris worked for shared governance at LMU, on the new Core Curriculum, and on the revision of the tenure and promotion process.

John R. Popiden Distinguished Service Award

‌The Popiden Distinguished Faculty Service Award was created in memory of Associate Dean and Professor of Theological Studies John Popiden. This award honors a BCLA faculty member who has given outstanding service to the college, university and the community. Many of our faculty are lauded for their academic scholarship, but rarely are they recognized for their efforts “above and beyond” which yield numerous positive effects and a stronger community. BCLA faculty who contribute their professional talents and expertise to support the mission of the university and the vision of the college can be recognized for their service. 

2016-17 John R. Popiden Distinguished Service Award: Stella Oh, Associate Professor and Chair, Women's and Gender Studies

Professor Stella Oh has consistently placed service to her department, her college, and her university as a priority in her work as a teacher-scholar at LMU, and we have all been the beneficiaries of her hard work and dedication. She is Chair of the fast-growing department of Women & Gender Studies, which has tripled its number of majors and minors under her leadership. Prof. Oh is often a first resource for racial/ethnic minority and women students seeking advice and support, a phenomenon that is only enhanced by her reputation as an excellent teacher. She is a tireless mentor to her colleagues in Women’s and Gender Studies and across BCLA. Prof. Oh also was instrumental in designing, implementing, and gathering support for the shift to the 4- unit curriculum in BCLA. Since 2009, she has served the Core Curriculum as a member of UCCC, its –chair or chair, and now as Director of the University Core Curriculum. She was a member of the University Search Committee for the Associate Provost of Career and Professional Development, served on the WASC Steering Committee, and the Joint Task Force on Provisional Planning for the 4-Unit Model.  As a feminist scholar, Stella has dedicated significant service and advocacy to women’s and gender issues, and for racial and ethnic minorities, on campus and beyond. She has served as a member of the Gender Center Task Force, the University Intercultural Committee, the Committee on the Status of Women, the University Strategic Planning Working Group on Diversity, and the Frank Sullivan Social Justice Committee. Even as Prof. Oh undertook this remarkable range of service to BCLA and LMU, she continued to be of service to her profession and community through, for example, reviewing for the American Association for University Women Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships, as external program reviewer, and as an active member of several scholarly associations. Her intellectual commitments carry through to her community, where she has been a council member for Foothill Families, an organization serving survivors of domestic violence, and a co-organizer of The World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery.

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Staff Award

This award has been given annually to recognize a staff member with a well-deserved reputation for sustained excellence and initiative in providing administrative or technical support and service. The recipient consistently approaches responsibilities in ways that demonstrate professionalism, timely follow-through and a dedication to the welfare of faculty, students and staff.

2016-17 Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Staff Awardee: Shannon Toston, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Sociology

‌Shannon Toston is a wonderful colleague who exemplifies professionalism, collegiality, composure under pressure, and a strong work ethic.  She is a steady force in her department and someone others can confidently approach for advice and help with software programs, business procedures, and other professional protocols.  She handles her work-life balance skillfully as the mother of two small children and does all this with calm and a great sense of humor.