community is saddened by the March 2 death of Dr. Timothy D. Maxwell, who began
teaching in the Department of Psychology in 1989.
from Hendrix in 1978, then went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies from
SMU’s Perkins School of Theology in 1983. He received a Ph.D. from the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1990.
Fellow Hendrix faculty remember Maxwell as a beloved colleague, mentor, and friend who enriched the
Hendrix community in a variety of ways, including passionate teaching, meaningful
student advising, and more than twelve years of dedicated service as department
teaching has had more impact on the growth and success of the Psychology
Department, its faculty, and its students than Dr. Tim Maxwell’s,” said Dr.
Jennifer Peszka, Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Professor of Psychology. “‘I
became a psychology major because of Dr. Maxwell’ is an accolade expressed countless
times at Hendrix. Dr. Maxwell mentored students discerning their vocational
paths, turned them towards service and improving the lives of others, and used
current evidence-based theories to teach understanding and the delivery of the
most effective care to people with mental illness. He was an exceptional, engaging,
and challenging teacher. Students loved his enthusiasm for psychology, his
fantastic lectures, and the way he led insightful discussions, provided
rigorous expectations, and exemplified great teaching.”
“Tim was an
invaluable mentor in my early years at Hendrix, patiently helping me learn the
craft of teaching and generously sharing his own expertise and sound advice,”
said Dr. Leslie Templeton ’91, professor of psychology and associate provost
for faculty development. “I particularly appreciated his emphasis on a healthy
work-life balance, and remember his support for my family leaves with my two
sons. This balance was evident while I was a student at Hendrix in his first or
second year of teaching. I remember him bringing his younger son Cameron to
class one day because he had an ear infection and couldn’t go to day care. Tim
held Cameron in his arms while he walked back and forth and lectured, keeping
his voice low so Cameron could drift off to sleep, and set an example in that
hour of one way to successfully reconcile the responsibilities of family and
Dr. Chris Spatz ’62, professor emeritus of psychology at Hendrix, recalled Maxwell as a professor who had earned the deep respect of his students and colleagues. “Tim was a warm, empathetic colleague with a dependable streak of seriousness,” he said. “Still, he regularly found and shared humor about events. He contributed to Hendrix in many quiet ways.”
survived by his wife, Carol, and his sons, Colin and Cameron.
Memorial Service for Maxwell will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m., at
Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock (1101 N. Mississippi St.)
with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Celebration of Life for Maxwell will be held at Hendrix College on
Thursday, March 12, at 11:10 a.m., in Reves Recital Hall with a reception to follow
in Trieschmann Gallery.
Photo taken on Honors Day 2016, when Dr.
Maxwell received the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and
Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award. From left: Psychology faculty members Dr.
Ruthann Thomas, Dr. Leslie Zorwick, Maxwell, Dr. Jennifer Penner, Dr. Leslie
Templeton, and Dr. Jennifer Peszka.
private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently
earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions,
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Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix
as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876,
Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To
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