Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Fall 2017

Award Recipients

Faculty Awardee


Award Name

Héctor García Chávez  Modern Languages & Literatures St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching
Julia Bninski Arrupe College The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen
Linda Brazdil Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Héctor García Chávez

Program Director of Latin American & Latino Studies, Modern Languages & Literature and Women' s Studies and Gender Studies instructor.

Dr. Héctor García Chávez is a full time Senior Lecturer in the departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and an affiliate faculty in the Women’s Studies & Gender Studies program. His diverse research interests include Mexican and Latin American literatures, gender and queer theory, Iberian-American transatlantic and post-colonialism studies. As one of Dr. García Chávez’s colleagues states, he “teaches solidarity in combination with the intellectual tools for analysis and reflection, thus living the Ignatian ideals of social justice, inquiry, service and interdisciplinary in all aspects of his work. He is firmly committed to his students as learners but also as human beings." His students remark that he is an inspiring mentor who is dedicated to encouraging students to become invested in their learning beyond the course content but to delve into the sociopolitical realities of the world. 

Julia Bninski

Instructor, Arrupe College

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Dr. Bninski is a professor with Arrupe College who is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to pursue their own academic interests in an environment that demands rigor with compassion and consistency with flexibility. She states that her goal is to hold students to high expectations while also meeting them wherever they are in their development. Such a goal requires balancing rigor with compassion, something Dr. Bninski’s students have come to appreciate.  She is touted for designing her classes to push the limits of her students and not giving students answers, instead expecting them to figure out the problem with her guidance. The impact this professor has on helping mold her students in the Ignatian tradition is aptly stated by one of her students: “Looking back at what Dr. Bninski does for her students, it inspires me to be a person for others.”

Linda Brazdil

Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Dr. Linda Brazdil, Director of the Center for Science and Math Education, comments that the challenges college exerts on students in its expectations of growth, discovery and self-realization can be overwhelming; students need the proper support with these transitions in order to be successful. She recommends that students discover new passions and find things that will sustain them as they continue their journey through life. It is a small wonder that students came forward to nominate the professor who never tired of answering their questions and guiding their learning. As one student states, Dr. Brazdil embodies all the ideals of Loyola. She believes in her students and in the mission to help people find their place on earth where they make a difference in the world.  In her personal statement, Dr. Brazdil describes the joy in watching students grow and mature, mind, body and spirit, as one of the main reasons she loves working at Loyola.  She delights in the many opportunities her program provides students along this journey.