HOLLAND -- Hope College presented awards honoring
teaching, service and scholarship to six faculty during the
college's annual recognition luncheon on Monday, Jan. 7. Dr. Jesse Montaņo was awarded a "Sluyter Fellowship" for research.
The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching is
presented to faculty members who have been teaching at Hope
for at least seven years. The award is given to professors
who have demonstrated recognizable excellence in specific
activities or aspects of teaching.
Bandstra is a professor of religion and chair of
the department, and has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1983. He has long used the computer in teaching his
discipline, and has helped colleagues from a variety of
departments do the same. In 1989, he received one of only
12 Apple Computer Courseware Development Grants awarded to
the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), in support
of his development of an interactive "InterText" program for
use by students studying the Bible. For many years, he has
also taught the college's May Term course in Israel, Jordan
Dershem is a professor of computer science and
chair of the department, and has been at Hope since 1969.
He was commended for his leadership in fostering a vital
atmosphere of student-faculty research in computer science
at Hope. He has coordinated the department's National
Science Foundation-funded "Research Experiences for
Undergraduates" (NSF-REU) program since 1992, and has
mentored numerous Hope students as co-investigators in his
own research work. He was correspondingly cited for his
enthusiasm for his discipline and his teaching, and for his
availability to students and colleagues alike.
The Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award
recognizes a member of the Hope faculty who is a superior
teacher and has also contributed significantly in some other
area of professional life. The award was established in
memory of Dr. Ruth Yzenbaard Reed, a 1965 Hope graduate who
was associate dean of Macomb Community College. Reed died
in August of 1999 at age 55.
Hernandez Jarvis, an associate professor of
psychology, was recognized for her advocacy of multi-
cultural awareness. She was a member of the task force that
developed the college's cultural diversity general education
requirement, and was one of the first faculty to teach the
college's "Encounter with Cultures" course. Her numerous
activities outside the classroom have included initiating
the college's Latina film series. She has been a member of
the Hope faculty since 1993.
The Towsley Research Scholars Program is funded
through an endowment made possible through a grant from the
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland.
Through the program, newer Hope faculty members receive
support for a project for four years. The foundation's
awards to the college have also included grants for the
construction of the Van Wylen Library and the new science
center, faculty development in the pre-medical sciences and
support for an endowed chair in communication.
Atefat Peckham is an assistant professor of
English. In 2000, she received a National Poetry Series
award for her poetry book, "That Kind of Sleep." She was
born first-generation American to Iranian parents, and
explores themes related to her experience as an American of
Middle Eastern descent and of the presentation of those in
the Middle East. Her projects will include a second book of
poetry, a second book of nonfiction/memoir, an anthology
that will include more than 20 authors, and a series of
scholarly volumes on Middle Eastern American writing. She
has been at Hope since 1999.
The Faculty Faith and Learning Fund is a new
endowment at the college that provides support to help
members of Hope's faculty link faith and scholarship.
Emphases include interaction with students and integration
De La Torre is an assistant professor of religion.
His doctoral dissertation was on Cuban religiousity. His
publications include the books "Introducing Latino/a
Theology," published in 2001, and the forthcoming "Reading
the Bible from the Margins" and "The Quest for the Cuban
Christ." With the support of the faculty fund grant, he
will work on four additional books: an introductory book on
the Santeria religion, an examination of Christian ethics in
Miami's Cuban community, a handbook on U.S. theologies of
liberation, and a re-examination of Latino/a religion and
identity given changes in the social location of Hispanics.
He has been at Hope since 1999.
The Sluyter Fellowship provides newer Hope faculty
members with on-going support for a research project. The
fellowship is funded through the Margaret Sluyter Endowment,
given to Hope by the late Margaret E. Sluyter. Sluyter and
her husband, the late Howard R. Sluyter, also established
the college's Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter
Professorship of Art and Design. Howard R. Sluyter
graduated from Hope in 1928 and had a career in business,
serving as one of the college's Trustees from 1971 to 1986.
Margaret E. Sluyter had a life-long interest and involvement
in interior design.
Montaņo is an assistant professor of English, and
has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1999. His
teaching has included the upper-level English courses
"Latina/o Experiences," "The Latina/o Novel" and "Literature
of Our Americas," and the interdisciplinary courses "The
Other in the Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds" and
"Encounter with Cultures." Through the fellowship, he will
explore Chicano issues and ethnicity by examining Chicano
literature for children and young adults.