The Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher in the College of Arts and Letters. Professor Peter Holland is the 2012 Award Recipient. The Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951–69, and acknowledges a faculty member who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. This individual must also motivate and enrich students using innovative and creative teaching methods and influence teaching and learning within the department, College, and University. This award will be presented at McKenna Hall on December 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm on the campus of the University of Notre Dame
Peter Holland, one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism, served as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon before coming to Notre Dame in 2002. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey as well as a number of other series. Among his books are English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s and a major study of Restoration drama The Ornament of Action. He has also edited many Shakespeare plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series. In 2007, he completed publication of a five-volume series of collections of essays entitled Rethinking British Theatre History. In 2007-08, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He was elected an honorary fellow at Trinity Hall, his alma mater and one of the 31 colleges that comprise the University of Cambridge.
Why yes he did! According to the University of Notre Dame Athletics website, Bill Shakespeare played halfback for the Fighting Irish 1933-35. Bill was a first team All-American on the ’35 team. He still holds the record for the all time longest punt by a Notre Dame player. (86 yards vs Pitt)