Chestnut Hill College Professor in Running to Become Most Valuable Professor in National Contest

Release Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Chestnut Hill College, was selected as a finalist in the “Most Valuable Professor” competition hosted by Questia, the premier online library and research tool for students. The contest allows students to recognize professors who have made the biggest impact on their education. Ten finalists from colleges and universities across the country were selected in the final voting process taking place on Facebook. Chestnut Hill College is the only college in Pennsylvania to have a professor in the competition. 


In addition to awarding the MVP title, Questia will create three $2,500 scholarships in the winning professor's name, according to a news release. The reigning MVP will also become part of the team that selects the scholarship recipients. Scholarship criteria will be determined at a later date with input from the MVP.


“I was astonished and overwhelmed to learn of my recent nomination for Questia’s Most Valuable Professor,” says Dr. McCauley. “A few weeks ago a cherished student sent me an email informing me of her intention to nominate me. In this email she listed her reasons for nominating me. I responded by saying that her sentiments were more valuable to me than any award that would come from Questia. I come to my role as a teacher with great seriousness and gratitude. There is little else that I feel deserves more of my time, determination, passion and emphasis. It is hard for me to appropriately express my thanks to the students and parents who entrust me with such a pivotal and crucial position within the greater society. It is also hard to express how grateful I am to all the individuals who work so hard to provide each of these students with the funds for an excellent education. It is in that light that I truly appreciate the scholarships attached to this contest. Thanks to everyone who help bring these scholarships to Chestnut Hill College.”