Dr. Alfred F. Benney
Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 317
2008 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award
- Religious Studies Departmental Scholar, funded to develop program on curricular development with emphasis on the First Course in Religion. Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors. 2007.
- Developing New Teaching Strategies and Applications of Technology For Introducing Religion to Undergraduates Using Techniques from Narrative Psychology. Fairfield University. 2006.
- Digital Video Resource Development for a restructured RS238, American Catholic Theologians Course. Faculty Research Committee, Summer Stipend Ignatian Residential College, Course Development Grant Fairfield University. 2005.
- Support for one course reduction to conduct a semester-long workshop for faculty introducing technology into their classrooms – “Why , How and Judging the Outcomes.”. Hewlett Foundation. 2003.
- For the collection and digitization of video interviews of Jesuit Scholars for the purpose of developing a course on American Jesuits. Humanities Institute at Fairfield University. 2002.
- Faculty Research committee for CD duplication hardware to reproduce copies of digital video on CD – support of the American Scholars’ Video Archive Project. 2001.
- Academic Vice-President’s Technology Award -- released time to develop resources for the American Scholars’ Video Project. 2001.
- For travel to add Martin Marty and Schubert Ogden to the American Scholars’ Video Project. The Arthur Foundation, New York. 2000.
- To rewrite Courseware and develop Interactive Modules for the Introduction to Religious Studies Course. Fairfield University. 1999.
- For the collection and digitization of video interviews of noteworthy Catholic Scholars for the purpose of re-developing RS138, American Catholic Theologians. Humanities Institute at Fairfield University. 1999.
- Faculty Research committee for computer enhancement hardware to editing of digital video – support of the American Scholars’ Video Archive Project. 1999.
- Faculty Summer Research Grant to support my project “A Digital Video Archive of Important Scholars of Religious Studies in America.”. Fairfield University. 1996.
- Support for a group of 13 humanities faculty who are collaborating to learn how to take technology into the classroom and who are working on exciting educational projects in a variety of fields. Fairfield University for the Faculty Initiative. 1993.
- For the development of three photo-CDs of Shaker photographs for multimedia presentations. Faculty Research Committee. 1993.
- For the development of multimedia laserdisc programs for the Introduction to Religious Studies course. Humanities Institute at Fairfield University. 1993.
- A Grant for Fairfield University to equip two multimedia classrooms and to develop a training program for the Faculty Initiative Group. The Booth Ferris Foundation. 1993.
- Sabbatical semester to develop LinkWay and ToolBook programs for the Introduction to Religious Studies Course. Fairfield University. 1992.
- The Shaker Community of Enfield Connecticut: An Oral History Videotape. Fairfield University. 1986.
- Research Grant: Travel funded to photograph significant Mormon sites from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City along the “Mormon Trail”. Fairfield University. 1986.
- Sabbatical Year to learn to produce television and other media programming. Fairfield University and Praxis Media, Inc.. 1984.
- Research Grant: research expenses to produce an educational slide program on the Shakers. Fairfield University. 1983.
- A planning grant to research the Enfield CT Shaker Site. Connecticut Humanities Council. 1982.
- Research Grant: expenses to produce visual resource material on cultic religion in America. Fairfield University. 1981.
- Sabbatical semester spent as “visiting professor” at the Catholic University of America; updated research on Christian Sacraments. Fairfield University. 1977.
- Research Grant: funding to conduct the research for “A Study of Profile Change in Fairfield University Students”. Fairfield University. 1974.