Hope professors chosen for scholarship studying academics and religion

HOLLAND — A team of two College Hope faculty were selected to participate in a fellowship program aimed at “engaging the intersections of Christian thought and practice with the academic vocation.”

Faculty members Chad Carlson and Deborah Van Duinen have been named Lilly Faculty Fellows by the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities. The scholarship includes funding to start a faculty development project at Hope.

Carlson and Van Duinen are part of the program’s fourth cohort.

According to the organization’s website, the program aims to “refresh and enliven a sense of calling to participants as people of faith, as teachers, and as scholars” and “provide a space for creative exploration of how Christian thought and practice intersect with the academic vocation. »

Teachers will receive $8,000 in seed funding to establish and pilot a program at Hope. They will also each receive $4,000 for their participation.

Carlson and Van Duinen will attend four conferences as part of the fellowship. The pilot program is expected to take place during the 2025-2026 academic year.

Carlson has been a faculty member since 2014. He is a professor of kinesiology and director of general education. His research focuses on the sociocultural aspects of sport.

Van Duinen, with Hope since 2010, is the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Professor of Education and founding principal of Hope College NEA Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read Lakeshore. She is also the director of Hope’s senior seminary.

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In 2016, she won the Michigan Reading Association’s Individual Literacy Award for her work with Big Read and language teaching.

— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at [email protected].

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