Faculty Professorships

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Luther College Actuarial Science Endowment Fund Awarded as the Forde Scholar in Mathematics

The goals for this program are to honor exceptional faculty, attract excellent students, promote actuarial science as a profession, and provide funding for current expenses and further expansion of actuarial studies in conjunction with the mission, goals, and programs of the Department of Mathematics at Luther College. In the fall of 2004, in recognition of the generous gifts to Luther College in support of the Actuarial Science Endowment Fund from Luther ’49 and Ilene (Knutson) Forde '46, the earned income from the fund was awarded as the Forde Scholar in Mathematics.

Kermit O. and Jane E. Hanson Endowed Professorship in History

Established through the estate of Kermit O. ’38 and Jane E. (Haugen) Hanson ’39, the award recognizes the value of educational opportunities and the quality of the academic program provided by Luther College and in recognition of dedicated faculty in the area of history who influenced the Hansons’ lives and careers. The selection is made by recommendation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College with the final approval made by the President. The term of appointment shall be for three years and may be renewed at the discretion of the Academic Dean and President.

Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities

The Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, named in honor of former Luther College Professor of English Dennis M. Jones (1932-90), is awarded to a member of the Luther faculty who honors the values and traditions of the humanities, enriches the intellectual life of students, and provides academic leadership in the humanities.  The Jones Professor devotes part of his/her professional time to a project that will enhance humanities education.

Martin and Mary Hull Mohr Professorship in Renaissance and Reformation Studies

Established through the estate of Martin and Mary Hull Mohr, Luther College Emeritus and Emerita Professors of English, with additional funding through the estate of John C. Bale, Luther College Emeritus Professor of English, and his wife, Mabel Lee Bale, this fund is meant to further the strong tradition in the humanities that has characterized the College from its beginnings. This professorship will be held by a tenured member of the Luther faculty, ordinarily selected from faculty in English, History, Religion, or Philosophy, but faculty in other departments whose scholarly work and teaching addresses Early Modern history, literature, and thought, may be considered. A committee consisting of the Dean of the College, one tenured representative each from the English, History, and Religion faculties, and one tenured representative from faculties in other humanities or fine arts programs will choose the Mohr Professor. The Dean of the College will appoint the faculty representatives. There will be no nominations, no letters of application, and no letters of recommendation. The Mohr Professor will be chosen on the basis of his or her teaching, scholarship, and devotion to the faith and learning mission of Luther College. The same person can hold the position of Mohr Professor more than once, but not consecutively.

Reese-Wylder Endowed Professorship in Management and Accounting

Established by Brett ’81 and Michele (Wylder) Reese ’81, through a provision in their estate, in recognition of dedicated faculty in the areas of management and accounting who influenced their lives and careers. Selection shall be made by the Dean of the College, with final appointment made by the President. The term for appointment shall be for two years and may be renewed for up to three terms. (Deferred Fund)

Rettig/Swenson Distinguished Librarianship

Established by Mary Lynn (Swenson) '79 and David Rettig, this fund acknowledges the appreciation of Mary L. Rettig for her experiences as a Luther College student employed at Preus Library on the college campus. As technology and pedagogy continue to evolve, libraries and librarians will need to find ways to keep up with changing demands of the students and faculty they serve. This distinguished librarianship is created with the intent to award those who excel in their position and embrace these ever changing demands. The selection of the recipient shall be made at the recommendation of the Dean of the College with the final appointment made by the President. The term of appointment shall be for three years and may be renewed at the discretion of the Dean of the College and the President. (Deferred Fund)

Wardell Professorship in Sociology

Established by Mark Wardell ’61, through a provision in his estate in recognition of dedicated faculty in sociology. Selection shall e made by the Dean of the College, with final appointment made by the President. The term for appointment shall be for three years and may be renewed at the discretion of the Dean and the President. (Deferred Fund)