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Previous Honorees

2012 - Kristin Kusanovich (Theatre and Dance)
2011 - Craig Stephens (Biology)
2010 - Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering)
2008 - Laura Nichols (Sociology)
2006 - Leilani Miller (Biology) & Margaret McLean (Religious Studies)
2005 - Edward Schaefer (Mathematics and Computer Science)
2004 - William Stover (Political Science)
2003 - Henry Demmert (Economics) & Steven Wade (Finance)
2002 - Russell Skowronek (Anthropology and Sociology)
2001 - Cynthia Baker (English) & Jill Goodman Gould (English)
2000 - Paul Soukup, S.J. (Communications)
1999 - James Sepe (Accounting) & Douglas Sweet (English)
1998 - Brian McNelis (Chemistry)
1997 - Ronald L. Danielson (Computer Engineering)
1996 - Catherine Bell (Religious Studies)
1995 - William S. Greenwalt (Classics) & Helen Moritz (Classics) & William J Prior (Philosophy)
1994 - Claudia Mon Pere McIsaac (English)
1993 - Charles Powers (Anthropology & Sociology)
1992 - Lawrence R. Iannaccone (Economics)

The Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation recognizes faculty who have improved the quality of education at Santa Clara University through significant innovations in pedagogy or curriculum development--particularly when those innovations affect a significant number of students--and who have exhibited general excellence in teaching.

For nomination information and guidelines, please see below:


Nomination Guidelines

1. Nominations for the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation are invited each Spring by the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. Any Santa Clara University faculty member may nominate a colleague at SCU for the award.

2. All nominations must be completed through the Curriculum Innovation Nomination form.

3. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must be emailed to in order for consideration

4. The following criteria are required for eligibility:

  • The nominee has developed significant innovations in pedagogy or curricular development.
  • The innovations have affected a significant number of students.
  • The nominee's curricular innovations have improved the quality of education at Santa Clara University.
  • The nominee exhibits general excellence in teaching.
  • The nominee has not previously won this award.

5. Once nominated, a faculty member stays in the pool of candidates under active consideration for two years, and may be nominated again any number of times.

6. The deadline for nominations will be announced annually by the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. The deadline is Monday, April 22, 2019.

7. The recipient(s) of the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation will be determined by the Provost in consultation with the Brutocao Award Committee.

  • Chris Kitts accepting Brutocao award with Father Engh and Provost, Dennis Jacobs

    2018 Winner

    Chris Kitts, Engineering

    Soon after arriving to Santa Clara University, Chris created the Robotics and Mechatronic Systems technical area for the MS in Mechanical Engineering degree, which has often been the most popular technical area in his department. He also led the effort to create the Design Thinking Pathway; the pathway chosen by approximately 40% of undergraduate students across the university. Most recently, he has led the creation of the Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Minor, which has been declared by approximately a dozen students only a year after being offered.

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    2017 Winner

    Michael Kevane and Bill Sundstrom, Economics

    Michael and Bill first piloted a dramatic change in the Economics department that changes the way econometrics data analysis is taught to its majors. Using R software for statistical computing, Michael and Bill revamped classes, change syllabi, made YouTube videos and design a new lab class. With this new curriculum in place, students are able to emphasize real world data, turning them into job-market-ready graduates. The success of this innovative program is now being shared across campus, from the business school to social sciences to humanities.

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    2016 Winner

    Dan Ostrov, Mathematics and Computer Science

    Dan has led sweeping changes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science’s calculus curriculum through collaboration with colleagues not only in his own department, but across departments and Schools to more meaningfully connect the teaching of concepts to their applications in different fields. He has co-created and co-taught a leading-edge Mathematical Finance class that teaches undergraduates, MBA students, and masters students in Engineering to utilize applied mathematics to solve a wide variety of modern financial problems.

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    2015 Winner

    Shoba Krishnan, Electrical Engineering

    She has designed several courses that bring Santa Clara students to the community in innovative ways and has dramatically shaped the Electrical and general Engineering curricula. Some of her innovative courses include "Engineering Projects for the Community" providing students with hand-on experience working with non-profit clients in need of technical expertise. Her course "STEM Outreach in the Community" provides students opportunities to work with local schools, and "Emerging Areas in Electrical Engineering" gets students in touch with real world practitioners.

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    2014 Winner

    Tonya Nilsson and Sally Wood, Civil and Electrical Engineering

    Tonya and Sally developed a significantly revised freshman “Introduction to Engineering” class and lab. This very successful redesigned course incorporates novel components that are aligned specifically with the University’s vision of educating students to build a more humane, just and sustainable world. A primary objective is to introduce students to the technical and social aspects of the engineering profession and its role in addressing current challenges such as reliable supplies of clean water, sustainable energy, problems of high density urban living, and making improvements to health. At the end of the course, students engage in a competition to demonstrate their solutions to a design problem that is expected to showcase their engineering design skills.