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Schell receives Hatch award

Barry McNamara
02/11/2011
Hannah Schell
Associate professor Hannah Schell recently received one of Monmouth College’s annual Hatch Academic Excellence Awards.

Schell, who chairs the department of philosophy and religious studies, received the 2010 Hatch Award for Distinguished Service, which is presented to “individuals and groups that do especially noteworthy work for the institution.”

The nomination for Schell noted that she “has consistently and tirelessly served the college for as long as she has been here.” Award committee members agreed, stating that “her service has been exemplary in both its quantity and quality.”

Schell has been credited with rebuilding the philosophy and religious studies department, and she also earned praise for “nurturing the new curriculum into being.” Within the curriculum, Schell “worked tirelessly” to create and implement the “Reflections” requirement, and her good work led to her current position as MC’s coordinator of integrated studies. Last year, she was a member of a campus team that traveled to Atlanta to make a presentation on the Integrated Studies Program, and she also received a Teagle grant that funded the campus workshop “Reconceiving the Secular Liberal Arts.”

Schell is a member of Faculty Senate and served on the search committees for the academic dean and the director of religious and spiritual life. She is also the adviser to the Newberry Program.

“Hannah is widely respected for her wisdom and diplomatic skills,” said the award committee. “It is also important to note that, in addition to her exemplary service, she is an outstanding teacher and scholar,”

Schell, who joined the Monmouth faculty in 2001, received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oberlin College and master’s and doctoral degrees in religion from Princeton University.

Funded by 1957 graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the awards were established in 2004 to recognize outstanding work by MC faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Through cash stipends, they honor faculty who have excelled in their academic disciplines and who have served as an inspiration to both their students and their colleagues.