UDM recognizes CLAE faculty excellence
Faculty Excellence Awards
Two College of Liberal Arts & Education faculty members were honored at the 2006 Faculty Excellence Dinner, Nov. 3. Jane D. Schaberg, professor of Religious Studies, received the Distinguished Faculty Award and Martin G. Leever, associate professor of Philosophy, received the Faculty Achievement Award.
A faculty member in Religious Studies since 1977, Schaberg holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Manhattanville College, NY, an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary, NY. She is an exemplary educator, exploring the Bible with a very diverse group of students, bringing the biblical texts to new life, as students reflect on issues of justice, class and gender in relation to our own times.
As a scholar, Schaberg's work has won her worldwide recognition. Her studies of the gospel infancy narratives and of the Mary Magdalene traditions are often cited by internationally known scholars in the field. At academic conventions she has appeared on panels with some of the most distinguished figures in the profession. Her work has been discussed and cited in Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Cross Currents, and the Detroit Free Press. Schaberg's recent research explores the traditions and legends associated with Mary Magdalene, and examines fantasy in the Bible.
Schaberg has served as chair of Religious Studies and on the tenure and promotion committee, the advisory committee for the M.A. in Liberal Studies, and the advisory board for the Weekend College, among others. She was one of the founding members of the Women's Studies Steering Committee and has been at the forefront in expanding Women's Studies course work and the status of all women on campus. She was also instrumental in promoting the development of a sexual harassment policy, and in establishing the Academic Committee on the Status of Women at UDM.
At the professional level, Schaberg has been the consulting editor for Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (1990 – present) , guest editor for Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, associate editor for Continuum, as well as an outside dissertation reader and evaluator for tenure and promotion applications at other academic institutions. Additionally, she is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has chaired a section of the Society of Biblical Literature at the annual convention of scholars in religion.
Leever joined the Philosophy Department at UDM in August 2000, after three years as a professional ethicist with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. His responsibility there—to facilitate morally sound decision-making on behalf of children in the welfare system—has influenced his teaching, scholarship and service-related activities at UDM.
Leever earned a B.A. in Philosophy/Spanish from Marquette University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University. Although his dissertation dealt with Scottish moral philosophy, Leever has developed an expertise in applied ethics, particularly health care ethics. He has authored numerous publications in this area, including his book, Ethical Child Welfare Practice (2002).
Leever's teaching also exemplifies collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. He has recently team-taught a course on the moral and historical issues surrounding slavery reparations, and he is tireless in his cheerful willingness to teach multiple sections of Health Care Ethics on campus, online and at hospitals throughout southeast Michigan. Leever brings philosophy to life for his students through the use of case studies and role-playing in the classroom, as well as taking students to ethics committee meetings at local hospitals. He is confident with his classroom materials and excels at soliciting and recognizing the contributions of students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Leever serves on a variety of mission-related committees and boards at the University, local hospitals, Simon House, and the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Health Care Ethics. He is also president of the Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan, and has served on the steering and case-writing committees for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. His service to the University is perhaps best illustrated by his organization of UDM's annual Ethics Bowl (entering its seventh year), which has become the most popular mission-centered, university-wide activity at UDM.
Presbey receives Mission Effectiveness award
UDM recognized Associate Professor of Philosophy/Director of the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archives Gail Presbey with the Mission and Leadership Award in August.
The selection committee cited Presbey's "remarkable commitments to UDM's mission: teaching challenging classes; bringing an extraordinary array of mission-oriented speakers and visiting groups to campus; managing the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archives, and scholarly commitment to bringing African wisdom and the intellectual tradition of Mahatma Ghandi into closer relationships with western thought and western publications."