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Jim Collins receives 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award

June 24, 2010

Collins, Jim

In recognition of his work as a scholar and teacher, the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame has named Jim Collins, professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT), the 2010 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award winner.

“The Sheedy award is the highest award the College can give to a faculty member for their work as a teacher,” says John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College. “The award recognizes Collins’ unusually wide-ranging influence as a teacher: with undergraduates and graduate students in their course work and thesis and dissertation projects, and with faculty members in the popular course he teaches each summer on pedagogy and film. Few of the College’s teachers can claim such a range, with instruction of such high quality.”

The Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951 to 1969, and acknowledges a faculty member who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. This individual must also motivate and enrich students using innovative and creative teaching methods and influence teaching and learning within the department, College and University.

Industry Experience—Early and Often—Pays Off

June 13, 2010

Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) majors who concentrate in television get significant help with internships and other practical experience critical to professional advancement after graduation.

Long-standing connections that the faculty and the Notre Dame’s Career Center have cultivated in the local community and around the country open opportunities for students to find internships and networking with people working in the industry.

FTT Produces Video

June 13, 2010


The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre has turned its cameras on its own students and faculty to capture what it means to major in film, television, or theatre at Notre Dame.

“What I see when I watch this video,” says Department Chairperson Donald Crafton, “is the unbridled optimism and assuredness that distinguishes Notre Dame student from others whom I’ve taught. They’ve mastered the production techniques necessary for their creative work, they know the methods and the resources for scholarship in the performing arts, and they know that there is a network of alumni out there to help them with career choices.