Center for Social Concerns presents Ganey Award, grants

Author: Julie Flory and Kelly Roberts


The Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame will honor a longtime Notre Dame professor and present research mini-grants to two community-campus partnerships at a dinner Monday (May 3).p. F. Clark Power, professor in the Program for Liberal Studies, will receive the Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award. Named after a former Notre Dame sociology professor, the award recognizes distinguished research conducted for a local nonprofit or community organization.p. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1982, Power has been an active researcher on the connection between self-awareness, moral development and democratic education. He was the driving force behind two innovative community programsYour Educational Success (YES), which developed learning strategies for at-risk youths at South Bend’s Adams High School, and the World Masterpiece Seminar at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless, a program that exposes the center’s guests to great works of philosophy and literature.p. Jessica Chalmers, assistant professor of film, television and theatre (FTT), in collaboration with the city of South Bend and FTT graduate students, will receive a Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Collaborative Community-Based Research Mini-Grant in support of a theatrical production and book project titled “Avanti: A Post-Industrial Ghost Story.” The project explores the history of South Bend’s Studebaker Corridor and the city’s redevelopment plans for the post-industrial era.p. A second research mini-grant will be awarded to John Duffy, director of the University Writing Center at Notre Dame; Kathleen Tonry, a staff member in the University’s Department of English; and Gloria Wilkeson, education services manager at the South Bend Tribune, for “Writing UP,” a program designed to develop writing skills in children enrolled in South Bend Community Schools.p. The mini-grant is intended to encourage research projects undertaken by Notre Dame faculty, students and the local community which lead to measurable, positive results in the South Bend area, reflect the investment of faculty expertise in the local community, and offer students community-based learning opportunities that promote civic responsibility.p. Rodney F. Ganey, president of Press Ganey Associates, was a member of Notre Dame’s sociology faculty from 1979 to 1996. In 1985, he and Notre Dame anthropology professor Irwin Press founded Press Ganey Associates, Inc., now the nation’s leading research firm specializing in patient satisfaction measurement.p.

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