Thomas Ludwig Holds Endowed Chair
Thomas Ludwig, a professor of psychology, is the John Dirk Werkman
Professor of Psychology.
Ludwig has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1977, and has
been nationally recognized for adapting the computer and Internet
for use in psychology education. In 2005 he received the Charles
L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American
Psychological Foundation for his significant career contribution
to the teaching of psychology. In 1997, he received the Silver
World Medal in the College Division of the New York Festivals' "International
Interactive Multimedia Awards" for his "PsychQuest: Interactive
Exercises for Psychology." He also received the "Best
Psychology Software" award in the 1990 EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Higher
Education Software Awards competition for his "PsychSim II:
Interactive Graphic Simulations for Psychology."
He is the author of numerous articles published in scholarly journals,
on topics including not only the use of computer technology in
teaching but also his research interests in developmental psychology,
gerontology and cognitive psychology. The college presented him
with its Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.
The John Dirk Werkman Endowed Professorship was established through
the estate of Mary K. Werkman in memory of her husband. An 1889
Hope graduate, Dr. John Dirk Werkman was both a physician and an
instructor in chemistry in Iowa.
The Werkman professorship is designated for a tenured faculty
member with a distinguished record as an outstanding teacher, recognized
scholarly contributions and significant contributions to the mission
of the college. It is open to faculty from any department. Its
previous and first recipient was psychologist Dr. David Myers,
who had held the chair since 1982.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the
college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty
member. The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with
income used to support the work of the honored professor. In
addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed
funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.
more about establishing an endowed professorship