Recent Awards and Honors
Recent Awards and Honors

Mullins Awarded NEA Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Creighton English professor David Phillips Mullins, MFA, for a prized NEA Fellowship — making him one of 37 recipients out of 1,736 applicants.

“I’ve been ecstatic,” he said. “It’s really a coveted prize and somehow I won it. I’m really still in shock about the whole thing.” 

Mullins, who has taught at Creighton for eight years and helped establish the University’s MFA program in creative writing, is the author of Greetings from Below (2011), a collection of short stories following the ways and wiles of the character Nick Danze through the underbelly of Las Vegas, where Mullins grew up. 

The fellowship carries with it a $25,000 award. “The money is secondary,” Mullins said. “The honor, itself, is something great for the program. We all try to do whatever we can to put the program on the map and I hope this is something that helps.” 

Next for Mullins is a novel, also set in Las Vegas, centering on an explosion at a chemical plant that has far-reaching consequences for a set of characters.  

Creighton Receives Kennedy Center Commendations

The Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Conference has recognized three of this past year’s offerings in Creighton’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts with multiple honors:

  • Cast and crew for achievement in ensemble performance for Noises Off!
  • Backstage crew for achievement in fly work for Sunday in the Park with George
  • Noises Off! for nomination to the Invited Scenes Showcase
  • Matthew Hamel for achievement in scenic design for Cabaret
  • Victoria Vitola for scenic design for Noises Off!
  • Creighton University for achievement in musical direction, Sunday in the Park with George

Witmer Receives Schlegel Diversity Award

Political science professor Richard Witmer, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2016 Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation in the area of scholarship or research for his research in American Indian politics, policy and law.

The award, which was presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Ceremony on Jan. 18, has three categories: individual, department and scholarship or research. The scholarship or research award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in diversity related scholarship or research by promoting inclusion and diversity on campus or in the community.

Witmer has published extensively on American Indian politics, policy and law, including the book Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood (with Jeff Corntassel) and numerous articles and book chapters, many with student co-authors.