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Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment income used to support the work of the honored professor.

College Advancement staff members stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding methods of giving as well as opportunities for funding.

Please feel free to contact us at advancement@hope.edu or the following address or telephone number:

Hope College
Office of College Advancement
141 East 12th Street
DeWitt Center
Holland, MI 49423

616-395-7775
616-395-7899 (fax)

 

Thomas Ludwig Holds Endowed Chair


Dr. Thomas Ludwig, a professor of psychology, is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology.

Ludwig has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1977, and has been nationally recognized for adapting the computer and Internet for use in psychology education. In 2005 he received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation for his significant career contribution to the teaching of psychology. In 1997, he received the Silver World Medal in the College Division of the New York Festivals' "International Interactive Multimedia Awards" for his "PsychQuest: Interactive Exercises for Psychology." He also received the "Best Psychology Software" award in the 1990 EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Higher Education Software Awards competition for his "PsychSim II: Interactive Graphic Simulations for Psychology."

He is the author of numerous articles published in scholarly journals, on topics including not only the use of computer technology in teaching but also his research interests in developmental psychology, gerontology and cognitive psychology. The college presented him with its Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.

The John Dirk Werkman Endowed Professorship was established through the estate of Mary K. Werkman in memory of her husband. An 1889 Hope graduate, Dr. John Dirk Werkman was both a physician and an instructor in chemistry in Iowa.

The Werkman professorship is designated for a tenured faculty member with a distinguished record as an outstanding teacher, recognized scholarly contributions and significant contributions to the mission of the college. It is open to faculty from any department. Its previous and first recipient was psychologist Dr. David Myers, who had held the chair since 1982.

Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment income used to support the work of the honored professor. In addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.

Learn more about establishing an endowed professorship