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Seven Faculty Members Awarded Hendrix Odyssey Professorships

CONWAY, Ark. (Jan. 4, 2015) ­- Seven Hendrix College faculty members were named Hendrix Odyssey Professors.

Each Odyssey Professorship carries an endowment to support faculty projects that create new engaged learning opportunities, such as internships and undergraduate research, for students.

The Hendrix Odyssey Professorships are an extension of the Hendrix Odyssey Program, the college’s nationally recognized engaged learning initiative. Individual faculty members or small groups of faculty members may apply on a competitive basis for the professorships. Proposals are recommended by the Committee on Faculty and approved by the President.

The new Hendrix Odyssey professors are:

  • Psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Penner and politics and environmental studies professor Dr. Peter Gess were awarded the Dr. Brad P. Baltz and Reverend William B. Smith Odyssey Professorship to pursue their project: “Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning about Conservation & Science in the U.S. and Rwanda: A Partnership between Hendrix College & Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).”
  • Politics and international relations professor Dr. Kiril Kolev was awarded the James and Emily Bost Odyssey Professor for Global Awareness Professorship for his project “The Hendrix Democracy Program.”
  • Religious studies professor Dr. Robert Williamson Jr. and psychology professor Dr. Leslie Zorwick were awarded the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Professorship to pursue their project “Living Faithfully in the Context of Racial Injustice.”
  • Mathematics and computer science professor Dr. Gabe Ferrer and physics professor Dr. Ann Wright were awarded the Cynthia Cook Sandefur Odyssey professorship for their project titled “Robotics Odyssey.”

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit