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Hamilton Professors Awarded Summer Grants

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Posted December 15, 1997
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Timothy Elgren, assistant professor of chemistry, and Amie Macdonald, assistant professor of philosophy, at Hamilton College have been awarded faculty development grants for work during the summer of 1998.

Elgren who joined the faulty in 1993 was the recipient of the Class of 1966 Career Development Award. The grant provides a $2,000 stipend "to enhance the quality of undergraduate teaching at Hamilton through the development of new ideas and creative pedagogical approaches." He will spend the summer developing laboratory projects to be used in a new biochemistry course. The new course will be designed to better prepare students for advanced courses in biochemistry and to facilitate their transition from the instructional laboratory to the research laboratory.

Macdonald who joined the faculty in 1992 was awarded a Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship. The $2,000 stipend is intended to provide faculty "with inspiration and incentive to become better teachers by developing additional areas of expertise during the summer months." Macdonald's proposal is concerned with transforming the history of philosophy curriculum at Hamilton to support a multicultural, intellectually sound foundation in the discipline. She has plans to restructure her introductory and seminar classes to include the histories of African, Islamic and Asian philosophies, as well as the history of Western philosophy, which traditionally has been the exclusive focus of her courses.

Hamilton College is currently undergoing a curricular review.

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