The C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2016-2017 was awarded to William A. Dyrness, dean emeritus and professor of theology and culture.
Cliff Penner, chair of Fuller's Board of Trustees, presented Dr. Dyrness with the award during this year's commencement service and shared the following message:
“Dr. Dyrness, it’s not easy to take the measure of your influence. You were an early and very important advocate for theology and the arts at Fuller Seminary, introducing an annual arts week, promoting the development of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, helping to open a gallery space, mentoring a steady stream of students in their work in theology and the arts, and contributing your own scholarship in aesthetic theology and the arts, and worship in the arts. Your life and scholarship bear witness to the influence of your international travel and involvement in the majority world theological education. You have contributed significantly to missional and global theology, and these global interests are everywhere on display in your teaching and in your mentoring.
"You have brought other needed commitments to Fuller Seminary: your concern for a thriving faculty community; your contributions to the formation of countless students, especially in the School of Theology and the School of Intercultural Studies; a generosity of spirit expressed in a willingness to step in wherever your practical wisdom was needed. We celebrate and commend you for your inspiring service to Fuller Seminary’s mission and beyond to God’s kingdom. Congratulations and God bless you.”
Congratulations, Dr. Dyrness, on your continued excellence as a professor, scholar, and member of the Fuller community!