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College Of New Rochelle Professor Ryan Receives Teaching Award

Dennis R. Ryan, center, professor of religious studies and philosophy.
Dennis R. Ryan, center, professor of religious studies and philosophy. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Dennis R. Ryan, professor of religious studies and philosophy at The College of New Rochelle, received the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) on Saturday, Jan. 3.

He was recognized for his dedication and commitment over the past 45 years to the teaching profession. The award was presented during the Historical Association’s Annual Presidential Luncheon, held in the Social Hall at St. Paul the Apostle Church in midtown Manhattan.

"Professor Ryan's classes always fill-up early and to capacity," said Richard Thompson, dean of the school of arts and sciences at CNR. "Ryan challenges, enlightens, and delights his students with his teaching style as well as his knowledge. He is a teacher’s teacher, prepared, dedicated, and engaging. His students admire and, yes, love him."

Through this award, the ACHA recognizes the importance of creative and effective teaching in the growth of Catholic studies. The nomination application for Ryan included student course evaluations that reflected the admiration the students had for this gifted teacher.

Students described Ryan as “an excellent teacher who not only teaches religion but allows you to connect to the subject." 

Ryan began as an assistant professor of religious studies at the college in 1971. Over the past 40 years, his course offerings have varied from classes that focus on the religious experiences of the East, to morality and sexuality, death and the grieving process as well as Western cultural heritage and freshmen writing. 

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