Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology


Dr. Hans Svebakken Receives 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

‌The Department of Theology delights in announcing that Dr. Hans Svebakken, Instructor of Theology, received The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshman. The award recognizes faculty who build community with first-year students by teaching 100-level freshmen classes. Exemplary faculty foster cura personalis (care of the whole person) in new students by providing necessary support and challenging them to become fully integrated into the Loyola community.

Dr. Hans Svebakken is a Rambler at heart: his graduate work at Loyola University Chicago included an MA in Ancient Greek, an MA in Biblical Languages and Literature, and a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity. According to Dr. Svebakken, the “thrilling, ‘cutting edge’ of knowledge exists not only at the frontiers of advanced research, but also in the classroom, where guides can introduce students to new, uncharted landscape of knowledge, perspective, and understanding.” In his personal statement, Hans reminds us, “cura personalis runs both ways,” highlighting all he’s learned from his students. Known by his students as someone who “really cares,” Dr. Svebakken is an exceedingly deserving recipient of this year’s Freshman Teaching Award.

Dr. Svebakken received an award and certificate at the 2016 New Student Convocation on Friday, August 26.

All the Best, Dr. Svebakken!