Richard Mtisi, Luther College associate professor of Africana Studies and History, was named the inaugural Kermit O. and Jane E. Hanson Professor in History. This professorship is a three-year award to a member of the Luther faculty who honors the values and importance of the subject of history. It is named in honor of Kermit O. Hanson, Luther class of 1938, and Jane E. Hanson, Luther class of 1939, whose support for the college included an endowment gift to establish the Hanson Professorship. The gift recognizes the value of educational opportunities and the quality of the academic program provided by Luther and honors dedicated history faculty, as the Hansons felt deeply influenced by history professors while they were at Luther. Mtisi came to Luther in 2005 and is the second to be named to the Hanson Professorship, following Robert Christman. After earning his master's degree at the University of Zimbabwe, Mtisi received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He currently teaches courses in both Africana Studies and History, focusing on the topics of Africana history, Latin America and the Caribbean, and environmental history. His scholarship focuses on the tension between game conservation and traditional rural life of African peoples, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on Wildlife, War, and Rural People in the Borderzone of Southern Mozambique and Southeastern Zimbabwe, 1920-2002. He has also published and is in the process of writing several other articles concerning similar topics.