Curtis Gruenler, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has received a Sluyter Fellowship for research at Hope.
The award was announced during the college's
annual Faculty Recognition luncheon, held on Monday, Jan.
Through the Sluyter Fellowship, newer Hope faculty
members receive support for a research project for one year.
Past recipients are Lorna Hernandez Jarvis of the psychology
faculty (1997), Lois Tverberg of the biology faculty (1998)
and Janis Gibbs of the history faculty (1999).
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.
Gruenler will use the fellowship to support his
work on his current book project, "Piers Plowman and the
Uses of Enigma." In 1999, he received support for his work
through a Mellon Fellowship for study at the Huntington
Library in San Marino, Calif.
Gruenler joined the Hope faculty in 1997 as a
specialist in medieval literature. He also teaches the
department's course in the history of the English language
and team-teaches in the college's Cultural Heritage courses.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford
University and a doctorate from the University of California
at Los Angeles.