Since 1985, the University of Dallas has annually recognized two faculty members for their outstanding achievements. The King Fellow Award, the highest honor, goes to a faculty member who has worked full time at UD for more than eight years. The Haggar Fellow Award goes to a professor who has served the university for eight years or fewer. These prestigious awards praise their recipients as excellent teachers, dedicated scholars and commendable colleagues.
This year the university presented the King Fellow Award to history professor Dr. Charles Sullivan, a UD faculty member since 1988 and the current chair of the history department. English professor Dr. Andrew Moran, a UD alumnus who began teaching as a regular faculty member at the university in 2008, won the Haggar Fellow Award.
Each year, faculty members nominate their colleagues for the awards, and the Development Committee selects the recipients. Their decision remains secret until the winners are revealed and awarded at the annual King/Haggar Banquet at the start of the spring semester. The two recipients receive medals that they will wear at next year’s award ceremony as well as at graduation and convocation for the rest of their careers. As the King Fellow, Sullivan will give a speech at next year’s banquet.
The executive vice president and provost, Dr. Bill Berry, described Sullivan as one who “tackles all his assignments with seriousness, honesty and an intensity to do what is right and good for the university.” The associate professor of management and chair of the faculty senate, Dr. Blake Frank, praised Moran as “a significant scholar, a cheerful servant of the university and a committed, vibrant and inspiring colleague and teacher.”
Moran and Sullivan have known each other for many years. They first met when Moran took Sullivan’s Western Civilization II class the first year that Sullivan taught at UD, never anticipating that they would later become colleagues. Moran recently told him, “There were two professors that I very consciously tried to imitate when I started teaching, and one of them was you because of the energy level you bring to class from the get-go.”
When Sullivan started a program called “Winston Churchill in England” in the late 1990s, he asked Moran to be the assistant director. While running the three-week program two summers in a row, they got to know each other well. They led the students on tours around England to locations pertinent to Churchill’s life.
Unfortunately the program is no longer in existence. Sullivan commented, “It was a hard sell: We found that many high-school students simply didn’t know who Churchill was and had little idea how compelling his story was.”
Even after the program ended, they stayed in touch as Moran worked in the Writing Lab and later became a professor. They were surprised and pleased to receive the awards during the same year.
Moran commented, “It’s really nice that the two of us have known each other for so long and came in about the same time.”
Sullivan added, “I can’t imagine anybody else with whom I’d rather have received the award at the same time. I like the poetic justice of it.”