Grinnell Welcomes Clare Boothe Luce Professors in STEM: A Result of $500,000 Grant

August 15, 2023

Grinnell is proud to introduce two additions to the faculty, Christy Hazel and Jenny Kenkel, who have been appointed as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professors of Mathematics and Statistics. Their expertise and accomplishments mark a significant stride toward shaping a more inclusive and innovative STEM landscape at Grinnell. 

Hazel brings profound expertise in algebraic topology, while Kenkel specializes in the intricate realm of commutative algebra. Their passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge and their dedication to education are poised to make a transformative impact on both their students and the broader academic community. 

The appointment of Hazel and Kenkel follows Grinnell College’s success in securing a $500,000 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation in 2021. This landmark grant underscores Grinnell’s unwavering commitment to promoting gender diversity and excellence in higher education. It allowed the College to hire two Clare Boothe Luce Professorships in mathematics and statistics. 

The Clare Boothe Luce Program is renowned for its steadfast support of women in STEM, and Grinnell College’s recognition as the recipient of this prestigious award is testament to its visionary approach to education and research. This grant not only signifies Grinnell’s dedication to creating an environment where women thrive, but also reaffirms its status as the first liberal arts college to secure funding for multiple Clare Boothe Luce Professorships. 

The success of this grant proposal is a result of the dedication and relentless efforts of the faculty members who spearheaded its development. Special recognition goes to Nicole Eikmeier, Shonda Kuiper, Jennifer Paulhus, and Paul Tjossem for their exemplary commitment and leadership in securing this grant. Elaine Marzluff’s support was instrumental in turning their vision into reality.  

Grinnell College’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics is applauded for its success in attracting and recruiting these exceptional faculty members. This achievement reflects the College’s ongoing commitment to a diverse and thriving academic community that leads the way in innovative education and research in the STEM disciplines.  

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