Stephen Hemenway Honored
For Innovative Teaching
Posted April 21, 1999
HOLLAND -- Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway of the Hope
College English faculty has received an award for
"Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and
He was one of 64 educators from around the world
to be honored. The awards were presented during the "Tenth
International Conference on College Teaching and Learning,"
held on Wednesday-Saturday, April 14-17, at Florida
Community College at Jacksonville.
As an award recipient, Hemenway made a
presentation on creativity in the classroom. His title
played on the Y2K abbreviation, "Why Two K Concepts May
Spark New Millennium Teaching," and he likened instructors
and institutions to kaleidoscopes: imaginative and
fostering of wonder.
He explored ways that instructors and institutions
can work together to engage and educate students
effectively. He discussed different approaches that he
uses, such as "nonpaper" projects and interactive learning
experiences, and faculty support that Hope provides, such as
teaching workshops and faculty mentoring programs.
A member of the Hope faculty since 1972, Hemenway
has received a variety of honors in recognition of his
teaching. In 1991, he was named Michigan's "Professor of
the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of
Education. In 1990, he received a "Sears-Roebuck Foundation
Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership" award. In 1977,
he received the "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator" award
from the graduating class.
He has led the college's Vienna Summer School
since 1976. On behalf of his work with the program, he
received the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Austria in
His activities also include founding, and serving
as faculty advisor for, the college's Environmental Issues
Hemenway holds his bachelor's degree from College
of the Holy Cross, a master's from Boston College and a
doctorate from the University of Illinois.
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