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Dr. Jason Jividen Honored with Quentin Schaut Faculty Award

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Posted: Friday Apr 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

Dr. Jason Jividen, assistant professor of politics in the Saint Vincent College Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government was honored with the presentation of the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award at the Saint Vincent College Spring Honors Convocation on April 23 in Saint Vincent Basilica.

The Quentin Schaut Award is named in honor of Fr. Quentin Schaut, O.S.B., a professor of English and the seventh president of the College, and recognizes the contributions, leadership, and achievements of a junior faculty member to the curriculum and life of the College.

Jividen earned bachelor’s and master’s of arts degrees from Marshall University and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, all in political science.

“Dr. Jividen’s teaching and research work centers on engaging the great minds and their grand ideas and ideals that provide the foundation for our political thought today,” commented Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs, in making the presentation. “His most recent works, including two books, focus on Lincoln and how the 16th President’s legacy has been and is currently invoked for a variety of purposes.”

“Dr. Jividen has rapidly become a leader on the faculty serving as the director of the Aurelius Scholars Program, a valuable member of the Educational Policies and Academic Leadership and Scholarly Affairs Committees, and this academic year, has served as chairperson of the Politics Department,” Smetanka continued. “He has consistently received recognition for his teaching including two awards for excellence in teaching as a graduate student at Northern Illinois University, for Exemplary Teaching in the Honors Program at University of Saint Francis, and last year the Faculty Award for Continuous Outstanding Contribution from the Student Government Association of Saint Vincent College.”

Jividen teaches Principles of American Politics, American Political Thought and Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

“I have the great fortune of teaching at an institution that permits and even encourages a liberal education and the best way I know how to expose students to it is by reading the great books of the western Civilization and the speeches and writings of statesmen,” Jividen commented. “If we are humble enough to listen in on the conversation among these great texts, to be open to examining our own opinions about the most important things, we might come closer to an education befitting not just a technician, a wage-earner, a producer or consumer, but an education worthy of a free human being and a responsible citizen. I’m honored to be able to think about these things with you in class every day.”

He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

A native of Winfield, W. Va., Jividen is the son of George Jividen and the late Sandra Jividen. He and his wife, Marcie Stover-Jividen, live in Unity Township with their children, Wesley and Rebecca.

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Photo: Dr. Jason Jividen, left, accepts the award Quentin Schaut Faculty Award from Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College. 

Watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeGqOeZcHKI&index=2&list=PLBCUpgiWdqG-4sRlDIbKvZmLqNkLW48zd 

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