The Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching is given each year to a full-time faculty member whose teaching has had a marked influence on the lives of Stonehill students.  The Committee on Excellence in Teaching, representing Students, Faculty, and the Alumni Council, selects the outstanding teacher from those nominated by students and faculty members.  The award is named in honor of one of Stonehill’s most accomplished teachers and the recipient stands as a symbol of the entire faculty’s commitment to teaching and academic excellence. At this 2019 Academic Convocation, Stonehill College is proud to bestow the Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching on Professor Craig S. Higgins.

No better testimony to Professor Higgins’ commitment to Stonehill’s mission could be found than the words of those who nominated him. We will let them speak for themselves.


He is very dedicated to teaching and to remaining involved with students both during and after completion of the class. He is interested in students’ thoughts and is very easy to communicate with. He is open to suggestions and always shows that he is willing to improve either his teaching or the programs here at Stonehill. I think that he shows exceptional character, and I am honored that I have had the opportunity to work with him.


Professor Higgins is not like any ordinary Professor. He is a dedicated man who devotes his life not only to his students, but to students in general. He is a professor who really cares about his job. He is dedicated to helping all his students succeed and follow their dreams. I nominate Craig Higgins to receive the Louise F. Hegarty Award not only because he is an excellent teacher, but also because he is a model teacher for all.


I nominate Craig Higgins for the following reasons: his enthusiasm for teaching students to be leaders both in Health Care and in life, his unwavering dedication to his students, his creativity with class assignments, his constant support and encouragement.


Professor Craig Higgins puts tremendous heart into teaching. His method of teaching includes not only stimulating his students to develop critical thinking skills related to Health Care issues, but also helping to build their self-confidence. He never ceases to inquire about his students’ well being—both academic and personal. Professor Higgins is sincerely enthusiastic about Health Care Administration, and this enthusiasm rubs off on his students.


Because he cares so genuinely for his students, Professor Higgins plays an active role in student life at Stonehill. He is considered both a friend and a respected professor by his students. Professor Higgins is an asset to Stonehill College and should be honored with the Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching.


And so with deep pride we today recognize Professor Craig S. Higgins for exemplifying Stonehill’s commitment to academic excellence.


Given this sixth day of September,

Two thousand and one.



Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C.