Two Xavier professors win teaching awards

Daniel McLoughlin and Vimala Majeti win the McDonald award for outstanding teaching in the sciences | June 7, 2004

Daniel McLoughlin, department of chemistry chair, and Vimala Majeti, senior lab instructor, were this year’s recipients of the Joan G. McDonald Award. McLoughlin, who has taught biochemistry and organic chemistry at the University for the past 22 years, won for outstanding teaching in the sciences.

Vimala Majeti, who has also taught at Xavier for 22 years, was honored as outstanding lab instructor. University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and Robert H. McDonald Jr., the award’s sponsor, presented McLoughlin and Majeti with the awards during a ceremony held on April 20.

“I was pleased and surprised by the honor,” Majeti said. “I was especially happy that the organic chemistry lecture and organic chemistry lab both received recognition.”

McLoughlin accepted the award with an address that compared the transformations that occur in chemical reactions to the transformations that the Xavier science faculty perform in teaching their students. According to McDonald, McLoughlin was recognized for his “tremendous dedication and commitment he has toward (the students’) success.”

The teaching award includes a $10,000 prize. Half goes directly to the recipient and half is held in a fund earmarked for support of the recipient’s work. A companion bi-annual award of $5,000 is given to an outstanding lab instructor and is distributed similar to the teaching award.

McDonald established the Joan G. McDonald Award in 1997 in honor of his late wife Joan. The award recognizes outstanding teaching among natural science faculty members. A 1955 graduate with a degree in chemistry, McDonald has had a very successful career as a physician in Pittsburgh.