Jonathan Peterson receives new Macatawa Area Coordinating Council award

Jonathan Peterson, The Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 Van Kley Professor of Geology and Environmental Science, received a $6,000 award from the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council for the project titled Sample Collection of Aplodinotus grunniens (Sheephead) in Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan: Summer/Fall 2020.

Dr. Peterson and his students will collect Sheephead from Lake Macatawa during the summer/fall of 2020 for long-term storage and possible analysis at a later date.

Congratulations, Jon, on your award!

Pamela Koch receives new American Sociological Association Award

Pamela Koch, Associate Professor of Sociology, received a $2,500 American Sociological Association Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant for the project titled All students (should be able to) Write and Research. Joining Dr. Koch on this project are Debra Swanson, Professor of Sociology, and Aaron Franzen, Associate Professor of Sociology.

The purpose of this project is to develop Sociology student skills in four primary areas: work with others; write and speak well; solve problems; and analyze information. This project will seek to build these skills with students enrolled in Sociology 262 (Research Methods); Sociology 261 (Theoretical Perspectives); Sociology 390 (Advanced Research Projects); and Sociology 495 (Capstone Seminar in Sociology).

Congratulations, Pamela, Debra, and Aaron, on your award!

Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Transitioning to Digital Signatures/Approvals

Effective Thursday 11 June 2020, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will be transitioning to the use of DocuSign to handle signatures and approvals on outgoing proposals, awards, and associated compliance documents. 

For principal investigators, expect to begin receiving DocuSign materials via email for the following approvals:

  • Cost-share or course release commitments;
  • Award terms and conditions; and
  • Renewals of Financial Conflict of Interest forms.

For department chairs, deans, division leaders, and other administrators, expect to begin receiving DocuSign materials for:

  • Proposal approvals; and
  • Cost-share or course release commitments.

DocuSign will handle routing and compiling the final, approved materials for all signatories’ records.  OSRP will continue to seek physical signatures on documents required by sponsors—this will not change. 

Hopefully, this change will provide more flexibility in reviewing and approving various forms and requests from OSRP.   

Sophia D’Agostino receives new Early On Faculty Grant

Sophia D’Agostino, Assistant Professor of Education, received a $7,000 Clinton County Regional Educational Service Area Early On Faculty Grant Award for the project titled Compassionate Care Practices within Caregiver Coaching.

This project will explore the experiences and perceptions of early intervention service providers and caregivers regarding the use of compassionate care practices during caregiver coaching. The intended outcome of this project is to understand the ways in which early intervention coaching practices can be improved to benefit the outcomes of young children with disabilities.

Congratulations, Sophia, on your award!

Joanne Stewart’s NSF Project featured in STEM for All Video Showcase

Joanne Stewart, Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry, recently had her National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project featured in the NSF 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase! The Showcase, which runs from 5 May 2020 through 12 May 2020, features over 170 federally-funded projects that highlight innovations in STEM education.

The video features the work of Joanne and her collaborators’ work under their NSF supported project titled Collaborative Research: Improving Inorganic Chemistry Education Through a Community-Developed Student-Centered Curriculum. This project seeks to understand the type and amount of support instructors need to adopt for active learning practices and how those changes impact student learning in inorganic chemistry.

Learn more about Joanne’s project by viewing the video:

Congratulations, Joanne, on the inclusion of your project in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase!

NEH Summer Stipend Pre-Proposal Deadline Extended to 1 June 2020

Hope College is now soliciting pre-proposals for faculty nominations to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends Program.  The Summer Stipends Program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  The deadline to submit pre-proposals has been extended to 5 pm on Monday 1 June 2020. 

Summer Stipends will allow humanities scholars to devote two months of continuous work on their projects.  Award recipients are provided $6,000 and funds may be used for salary, travel, and other project-related costs. 

Who MUST submit a pre-proposal? 

Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members must submit a pre-proposal for nomination.  Hope College may nominate two faculty members for the Summer Stipends Program. 

Who does NOT need to submit a pre-proposal? 

The following individuals are EXEMPT from the nomination process:

  • Staff members who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award;
  • Emeritus faculty; and
  • Adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, and individuals with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the period of performance.

How do I submit a pre-proposal for consideration as one of Hope’s nominees?

If you are interested in serving as one of Hope’s two nominees, please provide a pre-proposal which includes:

How will the pre-proposals be reviewed?

Pre-proposals will be reviewed by representatives of the divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Office of the Provost.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their pre-proposal and the selection process by Wednesday 1 July 2020.

Full proposals will be due to NEH in September 2020 for a project period in summer 2021.  The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will assist the two institutional nominees in completing the application and submission process via  Exempt applicants are also eligible for support with their submission; please contact OSRP to discuss services available.

Please note that this process is contingent on NEH offering the Summer Stipends Program in 2020 and no significant changes to the eligibility process for this year’s competition.  Applications (including the revised guidelines) will likely be available on or around 23 May 2020. 


Please contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs ( 

Debra Swanson receives Great Lakes Colleges Association/Library of Congress Award

Debra Swanson, Professor of Sociology, received a Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA)/Library of Congress Faculty-Student Research Program Award for the project titled Cloth and Clay: Understanding and Exhibiting African Art through an Anthropological Lens. Joining Dr. Swanson in this project are students Maddalena Frissora, Trinity Frye, and Elizabeth Gomez.

This project will use faculty-student collaboration to research the history and use of African textiles and ceramics at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in order to mount a small exhibit at the Kruizenga Art Museum in Fall 2021. This project will research the origins of two large African art gifts to the Kruizenga Art Museum in 2017 and 2018.

Congratulations, Debra, Maddalena, Trinity, and Elizabeth on your new GLCA/Library of Congress award!

Claudia Andre receives new Great Lakes Colleges Association award

Claudia Andre, Professor of Spanish, received an $8,885 award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association Global Crossroads Initiative for the project titled Rethinking borders through a gender lens in Latin America. Cheryl Martens of the University San Francisco de Quito will serve as co-principal investigator on this project.

Drs. Andre and Martens will develop a joint research project pertaining to indigenous women’s issues, publications for internal journals, and course connections between Hope College and the University San Francisco de Quito.

Congratulations, Claudia, on your new award!

Lisa McGunigal receives a Fred W. Smith National Library Fellowship

Lisa McGunigal, Viisting Assistant Professor of English, received a one month $3,000 residential fellowship at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon for the project titled Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association: Restoring and Changing the 19th Century Patriotic Landscape.

This project will compare the formation of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association with the female-hosted salon scene prominent in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations on your award, Lisa!

Christian Gibson receives new Michigan State Police award

Christian Gibson, Victim Advocate / Prevention Educator, recently received a $17,028 award from the Michigan State Police Fiscal Year 2020 Campus Sexual Assault Program for the project titled Hope Campus Leadership Team to End Sexual Violence. Additional project personnel include Sarah Kornfield, Associate Professor Communications and Women and Gender Studies and Trainer on Rape Culture; Jevon Willis, Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; and Elizabeth Kubias, Assistant Director of Student Life. The project period is 14 February 2020 through 31 January 2021.

The purpose of this project is to seek technical support and training for Hope College personnel in the Culture of Respect Progrm and Green Dot Training to reduce sexual assault on campus. Project personnel will receive training in summer 2020 and implement programming on campus in fall 2020.

Congratulations, Christian, on your new award!