posted October 20, 2010

Professor Chuck Green to Be Honored by Students

Dr. Chuck Green, who is a professor of psychology and director of the Philip Phelps Scholars Program at Hope College, has been chosen to receive the 15th annual "Faculty Appreciation Award" presented by the student body.

Green will receive the award on Saturday, Oct. 23, during halftime of the college's Homecoming football game at Holland Municipal Stadium.

Recipients of the award are chosen through a vote open to the entire student body and conducted at the same time as elections for the Homecoming court and king and queen. The students are not provided with a list of candidates for the award, but rather are asked to write in the name of the person that they feel should be honored. The award was first presented in 1996.

It is the second time that the college's students have selected Green for the honor.  He also received the award in 2006.

Green has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1983, and has directed the Phelps Scholars Program since 1998. The Phelps Scholars Program is an academic program for first-year students interested in learning about issues of race and culture. They take one course together each semester, live in the same residence hall, participate in discussions and workshops, take part in service projects and engage in various social activities.  The program has grown from 39 students during the 1999-2000 school year to 90 students this year.

His active involvement in the college's academic program has included service in the past as director of the educational assessment program, as co-coordinator of the general education program, as director of the First-Year Seminar program, as director of the CarlFrostCenter for Social Science Research and chairing the committee concerned with restructuring the college's core curriculum in the mid-1990s. He also delivered the college's Opening Convocation address in 1999.

Among other community involvement through the years, he has worked with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) in a variety of ways, including as a member of the planning committee for several Lakeshore Region Summits on Racism, including the first in 2001.  He was also on the planning committee for the Holland Pow Wow for five years, and is actively involved in his church, New Community Fourth Reformed Church.

Green received a Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award in February 2005.  In January 2003 received a "Provost's Award for Service to the Academic Program" from Hope, and in May 2006 he received the college's seventh annual "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" award for strong, positive impact on students.

He is a 1978 graduate of Trevecca College, and completed his master's and doctorate at the University of Florida in 1980 and 1983 respectively.  His wife, Fonda, is executive director of the Children's After School Achievement (CASA) program at Hope.  They have three children:  Aaron, who graduated from Hope in 2008; Adam, who graduated from Hope in 2010; and Hannah, a Hope senior.