The inaugural presentation of the award will be made at the annual Class and Charter Day Convocation on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m.
"The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award" was established by Alfrederic S. Hatch, a 1958 Hamilton graduate, in memory of his father, who graduated from Hamilton in 1925. It will support an annual prize for a tenure-track faculty member who has been employed by the college for fewer than five years, and who demonstrates superior teaching, high-quality scholarly research, and significant and positive impact on students.
The fund is part of an initiative called the Presidential Fund for Faculty Innovation, which was made possible by a challenge grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation in Auburn, N.Y., and a gift from Mr. Hatch.
"This award signifies the value Hamilton places on teaching and scholarship," said President Eugene M. Tobin. "We are exceptionally proud of our faculty and are grateful to the Hatch family for providing us with the means to recognize the tremendous effort Hamilton professors put forth in support of their students."
John Hatch possessed a life-long fondness for Hamilton. As a student, he was elected to the college's sophomore, junior and senior service and leadership organizations, and was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. He served as captain of the soccer and basketball teams and was a member of the varsity baseball team. Following his graduation from Hamilton in 1925, Mr. Hatch began a long career with the New York Telephone Company. Both his father (class of 1901) and his son (class of 1958) were Hamilton graduates, and three grandchildren, one of whom graduated in 1982 and two of whom are currently enrolled, attended the college.
In addition to the newly established Hatch Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hamilton will award The Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award to a tenured member of the faculty at the Class and Charter Day Convocation.