Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award

The Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards at the University of Dubuque were established by Richard and Donna Svrluga in 1995-96 to recognize the contributions and impact of University faculty on the lives of students. Two of the three awards were named in honor of former distinguished faculty members — John Knox Coit and William Lomax.

John Knox Coit Prize

An integral member of the Philosophy Department from 1955-65, Professor Coit was more than a teacher. He became a mentor and friend to his students. Known as a “man of wit,” he made a lasting impression on his students. Coit died in 1995 at the age of 79.


William L. Lomax Award

Fondly remembered by his students who studied business, Professor Lomax was smart, tough, fair, no-nonsense, and fun. As a member of the Business Department from 1953-69, he influenced the lives of many students. Lomax died in 1986 at the age of 83.

All current, full-time faculty of the University are eligible for consideration for the Coit Prizeor Lomax Award if they have completed at least three years of service. Previous recipients of the Coit Prize and the Lomax Award are not eligible for re-nomination for three years. Nominations may be submitted on the official form by any member of the University community including students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae and members of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to the Coit Prize and the Lomax Award, members of the UD community may nominate past faculty members for the Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award.

Each year the individuals selected are honored at the Faculty Hall of Fame event held in May. The criteria for the awards are identical. 


“Excellence In Teaching” by Professor Lyle VanderBroek, Professor of New Testament:

An excellent teacher: has a passionate interest in the subject matter and conveys this passion in the classroom; communicates at the appropriate level/is able to grasp the level of the students and adjust; is current in her/his field of study; has a sense for the student’s situation and how the subject matter will be used by the student; deals well and honestly with student comments and questions; makes the subject matter taught in class lively through illustrations and applications; challenges students academically; can critique students/discipline them academically/be honest about their performance; is willing to help students outside of class; and has an informed ethical/spiritual “center” that speaks to issues that arise in class.

Previous Winners