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2014 Award Winner Michael Naughton

In discussing Prof. Michael Naughton, a student writes that “this professor is a humble, dedicated teacher with a global reputation for excellence in teaching to both university students and to business leaders.  He stretches and challenges students in a Socratic way through difficult readings.”

The 2014 recipient of the Julie Hays Teaching Award, Prof. Michael Naughton, has taught in the UST Business Programs for 23 years.  He is the Director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought.  He currently holds a joint appointment in the Business Law and Ethics department in the Opus College of Business and the Theology and Catholic Studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Prof. Naughton has taught a variety of courses including the “Great Books” course in the MBA program.  He developed a bridge course in the undergraduate program entitled the “Christian Faith and Management Professions” which integrates the humanities and business.  He says that students find the course interesting because of its explicit focus on integrating liberal and business learning, spirit and work, virtue and technique, faith and reason, etc.  In 2002, the course received the National Outstanding Course Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 

He has also organized two national seminars at University of Portland in 2012 and Ave Maria University in 2014 which generated curricular materials to help faculty provide for their students a deeper experience of integration within the classroom informed by the Catholic intellectual and social tradition, liberal education and ethical inquiry.  He also has published several articles in California Management Review, Journal of Catholic Higher Education, and Accounting Education in the Public Interest that are derived out of his passion for integrating theology and philosophy with business theory and practice. 

Because of his outstanding work, he has won several awards including being named the 2015 recipient of the Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellection Life by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Prof. Naughton has been instrumental in the development, annual offering, and continuous improvement of courses at UST that deeply integrate elements of UST’s mission, UST’s liberal learning foundation, and disciplinary business knowledge.  He not only influences the students in these courses, but with team-teaching, mentoring, conference/seminar leadership, and curricular material development also impacts multiple students across other university programs and worldwide campuses with the blending of faith and work-life.

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