Faculty Receive Awards for
Service and Scholarship from Hope
Posted January 6, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College presented awards honoring
teaching, service and scholarship to eight faculty during
the college's annual recognition luncheon on Monday, Jan. 6.
The "Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching"
were presented to Dr. Thomas Ludwig, professor of
psychology, and Dr. John Patnott, associate professor of
The "Provost's Award for Service to the Academic
Program" was presented to Dr. Charles Green, who is a
professor of psychology, director of general education and
director of the Philip Phelps Scholars Program, and Maura
Reynolds, who is an associate professor of Latin and
director of advising.
The "Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award"
was presented to Dr. James Allis, professor of philosophy
and chair of the department.
Named "Towsley Research Scholars" were Dr. Leah
Chase, assistant professor of biology and chemistry, and Dr.
William Pannapacker, assistant professor of English. Dr.
Victor Claar, assistant professor of economics, received a
research award from the "Faculty Fund for Faith and
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.
Ludwig has been a member of the Hope faculty since
1977. He has been active in adapting the computer and
Internet for use in psychology education. He has received
national recognition for his work, including the Silver
World Medal in the College Division of the New York
Festivals' "International Interactive Multimedia Awards" in
1997 for his "PsychQuest: Interactive Exercises for
Psychology," and the "Best Psychology Software" award in the
1990 EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Higher Education Software Awards
competition for his "PsychSim II: Interactive Graphics
Simulations for Psychology."
Patnott started the college's swimming program in
1978. Three times in his career he has been voted the NCAA
Division III national Coach-of-the-Year by the College
Swimming Coaches Association--for men's swimming in 1991,
and for women's swimming in 1994 and 1998. He has coached
102 All-Americans and had national champions 30 times during
his Hope career, and has had 39 Academic All-Americans since
1984. Beyond the success he has helped his swimmers achieve
competitively, he is consistently cited as a dedicated
teacher and role model, both for his athletes and for the
students in his classes.
The "Provost's Award for Service to the Academic
Program" is presented to individuals who have provided
special contributions to the academic program through
student academic support, general education, assessment
work, implementation of programs that support/enhance the
curriculum, and any activity outside of formal teaching that
contributes to the overall excellence of the academic
Green has been a member of the faculty since 1983,
and was appointed director of the Philip Phelps Scholars
Program in 1998. He was director of the college's Carl
Frost Center for Social Science Research from 1992 to 1999.
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, and chairing the committee concerned with
restructuring the college's core curriculum in the mid-
1990s. He delivered the college's Opening Convocation
address in 1999.
Reynolds joined the college in 1974 as director of
the Academic Support Center, a position she held for four
years, and began teaching Latin at Hope in 1980. She was
appointed director of advising in 1988, and also coordinated
the pilot sections of Hope's "First-Year Seminar" program.
She has helped plan and implement New Student Orientation at
Hope since 1987, and since 1989 has been a member of the
staff of the college's "Teaching Enhancement Workshop" for
new faculty members. She delivered the college's Opening
Convocation address in 1998 and Commencement address in
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.
Allis joined the Hope faculty in 1986. He
received the "Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching" in
2000, and in 1990 received the "Hope Outstanding Professor
Educator" (H.O.P.E.) Award from the graduating senior class.
He co-delivered the college's Commencement address in 1995.
Other honors at Hope have included faculty development and
faculty/student cooperative research grants, and a Knight
Fellowship. His publications include "A Guide to Resources
in Ancient Philosophy," co-authored with Dr. Albert Bell of
the Hope history faculty, as well as book reviews and
scholarly articles; his scholarship has also included paper
presentations and invited addresses.
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.
Chase joined the Hope faculty in 2000 after
conducting postdoctoral training at the University of
Minnesota, where she completed her doctorate in
biochemistry. She will use the award to support her ongoing
research in neuroscience as well as to assist in the
development of a neuroscience minor at the college. A grant
received from the National Science Foundation in 2002 is
supporting development of a laboratory course to complement
a lecture section established in the spring of 2001.
Pannapacker joined the Hope faculty in 2000 after
serving as a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard
University, where he completed his doctorate in the history
of American civilization. The award will support his work
on his book "Revised Lives: Self-Refashioning in
Nineteenth-Century American biography," which considers the
practice and significance of the way that autobiographers
modified their published accounts as their times and self-
The Faculty Fund for Faith and Learning is an
endowment that provides support to help members of Hope's
faculty link faith and scholarship. Emphases include
interaction with students and integration with research.
Claar has been a member of the Hope faculty since
2000, and also serves as an adjunct scholar with the
Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland. He joined the
Hope faculty after serving as a Fellow in the Department of
Economics at West Virginia University, where he had
previously completed his doctorate. His research project
will focus on an economic model of forgiveness and anomalies
in personal finance.