A Notre Dame College retiring mathematics faculty member, alumna and Sister of Notre Dame has been granted emerita status.
Sr. Jeanne Moenk, SND, Ph.D. ’68, has been named associate professor of mathematics emerita by the College’s Board of Trustees. She will be recognized at Notre Dame’s 2019 Opening Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 22, at 5 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. The traditional ceremony, for which faculty wear full regalia and formally process, is considered the official beginning of students’ academic careers at the College similar to how Commencement marks the conclusion. Opening Convocation is celebrated as part of Notre Dame’s Welcome Week for new first-year and transfer students each year.
Moenk, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and music from Notre Dame in 1968, has served as associate professor of mathematics at the College since 2009. She has taught courses for math majors and math classes required for elementary and middle school education majors. She joined the College in 2002 as an assistant professor of mathematics and won the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008.
Prior to joining the College, she worked for more than 25 years as a high school teacher at Regina High School and Notre Dame Academy, both in Cleveland.
While she is retiring as a full-time faculty member, Moenk is expected to continue working with at Notre Dame in a tutoring capacity and to help establish a math laboratory, which would provide students with mentoring and hands-on assistance in mathematical concepts, statistical analysis, scientific investigation and capstone completion.
In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, Moenk earned a Master of Arts in mathematics from John Carroll University and a doctorate in mathematics from Central Michigan University. Her areas of research include curriculum and evaluation standards for school mathematics and computer– and calculator-based laboratory technology.
She has presented multiple times at the Ohio Educational Computer Consortium of Ohio and discussed “Beads and Quilts: Teaching Patterns to Pre-service Elementary Teachers” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Midwest Regional Convention. At Notre Dame, Moenk also teamed with the College’s Academic Support Center to create a tactile math course for a visually impaired student since many math symbols and graphs do not translate to standard braille.
In addition to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and its Ohio and Cleveland chapters, Moenk has been a member of the Mathematics Association of America, the American Mathematical Society and American Women in Mathematics.
She celebrated her golden jubilee, 50 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, in 2017.
Professor emeriti accolades are bestowed in recognition of distinguished academic service among faculty members. The honorary titles are awarded to only a few upon retirement for their outstanding careers. Faculty are nominated by their peers and approved by the College’s Board of Trustees.
Moenk is the 14th faculty member who has received emeriti distinction in the nearly 100-year history of Notre Dame. Sr Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., was named professor emerita of English, and Rachel Morris, M.A., received the title associate professor emerita of fine arts upon retirement in 2018. In addition, those granted emeriti status include Sr. Regina Alfonso, Sr. Mary Luke Arntz, Sr. Helen Burdenski, Sr. M. St. Martha Conrad, Sr. Jeanmarie DeChant, Sr. Helenemarie Gregos, Sr. Frederic Hoover, Sr. Teresemarie McCloskey, Fr. Edward Mehok, Dalma Takacs and Sr. Mary Louise Trivison.
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