Peter Schakel Is The Peter C. and
Emajean Cook Professor of English
Peter Shakel is the "Peter
C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English."
The endowed chair was established in 1975 by Peter C. and Emajean Cook to provide
financial support for a faculty member who has an established record of excellence
a Christian scholar, as evidenced by effectiveness in teaching, a record of
scholarship, a Christian life marked by a meaningful integration of faith and
practice, and who subscribes to the concept and principle of the free enterprise
Schakel has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1969, and
has held his endowed professorship since 1984. He is a graduate of
Central College in Iowa and holds graduate degrees from Southern
Illinois University and the University
He is an internationally respected scholar of C.S. Lewis's work.
He has published seven books on Lewis, including most recently "The
Way into Narnia: A Reader's Guide" in 2005 and "Is Your
Lord Large Enough? How C.S. Lewis Expands Our View of God" in
Schakel has also written and edited books on Jonathan Swift and
18th-century British literature, and has co-authored or co-edited
four literature and poetry textbooks with colleague Jack Ridl,
professor emeritus of English.
In 2004, Hope presented him with the "Ruth and John Reed
Faculty Achievement Award," bestowed upon a faculty member
who is a superior teacher and has also contributed significantly
to some other area of professional life. He has received external
recognition including a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
fellowship for college teachers during 1979-80; NEH summer seminar
support in 1981, 1987 and 1997; and Mythopoeic Society Scholarship
Awards in 1984, 1992 and 1996. In 2009, Schakel presented "A
Boy Called Eustace and a Hope Education" during
the college's Opening Convocation.
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.
more about establishing an endowed professorship