Academic Offices

Awards and Funding - Noun Program

Jeanne Burkel Award in Women's Studies

The award was established in 1986 through gifts in memory of Mrs. Burkle by her family and friends. She was the wife of Professor Howard Burkle. Mrs. Burkle, art historian and lecturer in Religious Studies was a strong advocate of women's studies at Grinnell College. 

This award is made at Commencement to a graduating student who, in academic and co-curricular activities, has “advanced the cause of women and gender equality.” The award this year will be in the amount of $1,000.00. 


The Peace and Conflict Studies Program supports internships that deepen students' understanding of the causes of violence and violations of human dignity and give them direct experience applying creative strategies for conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation in international, intergroup, or interpersonal disputes.

Community Meditation

In addition to our major projects, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program provides continuing coordination and support for the small claims mediation program in Poweshiek County. On the third Mondays of every month, volunteer mediators handle cases scheduled for mediation at the Montezuma courthouse.

Volunteer small claims mediators:

Nancy Cadmus
Otto Hall
Val Vetter

A full list of undergraduate service opportunities is available through the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program.

First Cohort of Grinnell Careers in Education Professions Students Selected

As of December 10, 2013, Grinnell College is proud to introduce the first 35 members of the new Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program. The program, made possible by a generous gift by Charles A. Lewis and Penny Sebring ’64, is intended to encourage bright students from selective institutions to pursue careers in education in order to create lasting educational change. The students admitted to the program average a 3.5 GPA, are involved in a variety of organizations on campus, and share a passion for education.


Jasmine Gerritsen

Jasmine is a second year Posse student from Los Angeles majoring in English and is currently undergoing the education licensure tract. Along with teaching Kickboxing, she is a part of the local foods coop which promotes sustainable and locally grown foods, has participated in the women's cross-country team, and is a wellness coordinator helping to promote nutrition and fitness. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing poetry and short stories and secretly aspires to write a book someday, preferably in the young adult genre.

Career Paths

One of the wonderful things about education is the wealth of career options within the field. While teaching is probably the most well known education-related career path, the modern world has increased exponentially the number and breadth of jobs in the field. Also, there is a growing understanding that learning and educating continue long after K-12 schooling, further increasing the number of job opportunities available.


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