John Staud, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives
Dr. John Staud serves as the Acting Director of the Institute of Educational Initiatives and Executive Director of the Alliance for Catholic Education, and is a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. He also teaches courses on American literature in the English department. His scholarly activity has focused on the writings of Herman Melville.
Additionally, Staud is the principal author of the final report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education and co-author of To Nurture the Soul of a Nation: Latino Families, Catholic Schools, and Educational Opportunity. He is the recipient of the Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C Award for Social Justice, the Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Kaneb Teaching Award.
Staud did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude in 1987 with degrees in chemical engineering and English. Awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, he completed his doctorate in English in 1992 at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in American literature. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, he taught British and American literature as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and at Jesuit high schools in Chicago and Denver.
Ph.D. in English - University of Michigan, 1992
M.A. English - University of Michigan, 1992
B.A. English - University of Notre Dame, 1987
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1987
Rev. WIlliam A. Toohey, csc Award for Social Justice, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2010
Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2009
Kaneb Teaching Award, Dept. of English, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2005
Raymond T. Grant, SJ, Educator of the Year, St. Ignatius College Prep, 1994
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Univ. of Michigan, 1991
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1987-92
To Nurture the Soul of a Nation: Latino Families, Catholic Schools, and Educational Opportunity (Co-author, ACE Press, 2009)
The Carnegie Conversation on Catholic Education
Editor, monograph (ACE Press, 2008)
Making God Known, Loved, and Served: The Future of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in the United States
Principal author and editor of the final report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education
Building Communities of Faith, Hope, and Love
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers
Two chapters in Alternative Teacher Education: Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2002)
What's in a Name? The Pequod and Melville's Heretical Politics
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 39 (4) (1992)
Awarded the "Merton J. Sealts Jr. Prize" for best essay of the year.
Moby-Dick and Melville's Vexed Romanticism
ATQ: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 6 (4) 1992