Nena Amundson Distinguished Professorship

Part of the Nena Amundson estate gift to Luther supports a competitive distinguished professorship, awarded biennially to a faculty member through evaluation of project proposals by a selection committee.

Special consideration is given to proposals that focus on health and wellness issues for women, as they were central to Amundson's career. A 1956 graduate of Luther, Amundson taught physical education and coached women’s athletics for more than 40 years, primarily at California Lutheran University, and was a pioneer in collegiate women’s sports programs.

The Amundson Award provides a faculty stipend of $5,000, a student stipend of $2,500, and $2,500 for the research project. The award is renewable up to one year.


Angela Kueny (2012-2014)

Women's Role in Amish Community Forgiveness

    Karla Suomala (2010-2012)

    Boundary Crossing: Searching for Wholeness in a Multifaith World

      Wanda Deifelt (2008-2010)

      Embodying the Student Body


        Lea Pickard (2006-2008)

        Health and Wellness of Latina Immigrants in Postville, IA

          Nancy Barry (2004-2006)

          Revising the Body: Inside the Cancer Classroom

            Betty Hoff (2001-2004)

            Health and Wellness