Since 2011, the ACHA has bestowed three distinguished service awards annually. The awards are given for distinguished service in three areas: teaching, scholarship and contribution to Catholic Studies.
The American Catholic Historical Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholarship is bestowed on the scholar who, in the opinion of the committee making the selection, has during a long career made a significant impact on the understanding of Catholic history. The award is not for one book or any single piece of scholarship, but for a sustained series of contributions which have fundamentally animated the research of others besides being significant in their own right.
The American Catholic Historical Associations Award for Service to Catholic Studies acknowledges the exceptional contributions of those who “promote study and research of the history of Catholicism broadly conceived” apart from teaching and publication. The term “service” may include any and all of the following, but are not restricted to them: service to the Association, archival management, museum displays that advance public knowledge of Catholic history, media and other activities that promote the role and place of Catholic studies to a wide audience.
The American Catholic Historical Association presents a Distinguished Teaching Award annually to a college or university professor who has demonstrated a high commitment to teaching beyond the expected requirements of their position and through their influence and skill have promoted Catholic studies from one generation of scholars to another. Through this award the ACHA recognizes the importance of creative and effective teaching in the growth of Catholic studies.
2016 Award Recipients
The American Catholic Historical Association presented its Distinguished Awards to three recipients in 2016:
The Distinguished Scholar award is presented to Professor Walter Melion Department of Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
The Distinguished Teaching recipient is the Rev. Clyde Crews, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.
And the Trappist monks of the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery, Conyers, Georgia are awarded with the Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies award.