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Hendrix Awards Odyssey Professorships to Eight Faculty Members

CONWAY, Ark. (February 1, 2017) – Eight Hendrix College faculty members were recently awarded Odyssey Professorships.

The professorships are an extension of the Hendrix Odyssey Program, the college’s nationally recognized hands-on learning program. 

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

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 Odyssey Professors are:

  • Dr. Jenn Dearolf and Dr. Laura MacDonald received the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship for their project “Improving Retention of Underrepresented Students in STEM Fields at Hendrix.”
  • Dr. Lindsay Kennedy received the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professorship for her project “The Hendrix Well-Being Initiative.”
  • Dr. Maureen McClung received the Judy and Randy Wilbourn Odyssey Professorship for her project “Hendrix Conservation Connections: Promoting Nature Conservation through Field Experiences and Engaging Professionals.”
  • Dr. Matt Moran received the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship for his project “Where the Buffalo Roam: A Flint Hills Odyssey.”
  • Dr. Stacey Schwartzkopf received the Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shively Odyssey Professorship for his project “Material Culture and Everyday Life.”
  • Dr. Alex Vernon and Dr. Gabby Vidal-Torriera received the Julia Mobley Odyssey Professorship for their project “Witness and Afterlife: The Spanish Civil War in History and the Arts.”

“I continue to be impressed by the creativity of my colleagues in developing remarkable experiential learning opportunities for our students. The innovative approaches these projects take to bring together student engaged learning and faculty development benefit the entire Hendrix community,” said Dr. Peter Gess, Associate Provost for Engaged Learning and Director of International Programs. “We are grateful to the Hendrix alumni and friends whose generous support makes these opportunities possible for our faculty and students.”

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