Michael Silver Appointed to Endowed Chair
Posted June 12, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Michael Silver of the Hope College
chemistry faculty has been appointed to the college's
Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Endowed
Silver was recognized during an investiture dinner
held at the college in May. His appointment to the chair is
for 10 years.
The professorship was established through the
estate of Dr. Fred H. Decker and Marie V. Buranek Decker to
provide financial support for a faculty member who has an
established record of excellence in biophysics, biomedicine
or biology. Dr. Decker was a 1921 Hope graduate.
The chair was established in the 1980s. Its first
recipient, Dr. Harvey Blankespoor, was appointed in January
of 1988 and retired at the end of the 2001-02 academic year.
Silver has been a member of the Hope faculty since
1983. He has received both campus and national recognition
for excellence as a teacher and scholar.
In 1997, he received the college's Provost's Award
for Excellence in Teaching, cited not only for his work with
students but also for his role as a mentor to other faculty
members. In 1988, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
of New York City presented him with one of only 10 Dreyfus
Teacher-Scholar Awards nationwide for demonstrated promise
and ability in teaching and performing imaginative research.
In 1992, the foundation named him one of only eight
recipients nationwide of an award through its Scholar/Fellow
Program for Undergraduate Institutions, selecting him to
mentor a post-doctoral fellow.
Silver's research emphasis is inorganic/physical
chemistry, and he has also mentored more than 60 Hope
students in collaborative research.
Through the years he has received more than $1
million in support of his research from external agencies,
including Research Corporation, the American Chemical
Society Petroleum Research Fund, the National Science
Foundation and Dow Corning Corporation. He has had more
than 20 publications in a variety of scholarly journals, and
is co-author of a textbook, "Introductory Chemistry," which
is currently in its second edition.
Silver co-founded the college's Teaching
Enhancement Workshop for new members of the Hope faculty in
1987. He has also served as advisor of the college's
He was the 1998 president of the West Michigan
Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). In 2001, he
was technical program director of the 33rd Joint Regional
Silver graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson
University with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in
1975, and completed his master's and doctorate at Cornell
University in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He was a post-
doctoral fellow at Northwestern University during 1982-83.