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Honoring Faculty Dedication/Scholarship

With the close of the academic year, members of the HWS faculty took the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their colleagues by awarding faculty prizes. The annual event commends those who have contributed significantly to the education of students, the scholarship of the institution and service to the community as a whole. 

This spring, the recipients include Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman, who received the faculty prize for scholarship; Associate Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon, who was honored with the faculty prize for teaching; and Associate Professor of Art Michael Tinkler, who was awarded the faculty prize for community service.

Since joining the Colleges in 1986, Rimmerman has become a prolific scholar in the areas of civic activism, service learning, and gay and lesbian politics. In addition to his writing, Rimmerman is a frequent speaker at conferences and on campuses throughout the country.

“This record of scholarly achievement – eight books focusing on ongoing urgent social issues, a national reputation in three different fields – is a superior accomplishment for anyone on campus, and is particularly notable when coming from someone who puts as much into his teaching as this colleague does,” remarks one of Rimmerman’s colleagues. “It is with great institutional pride that we recognize one of our best, a true teacher and scholar.”

In April 2005, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for Westview’s “Dilemmas in American Politics” book series. Each book in the “Dilemmas” series addresses a real world problem and raises issues that are of most concern to undergraduate students. In 2002, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for the “Queer Politics, Queer Theories” series at Temple University. He is the author of “From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States” (2001), and “The Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective” (1992).

Rimmerman earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in political science from the Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Miami University. He served as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill and continues to remain in touch with the nation’s capitol in several ways, including leading the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Washington, D.C. semester.

Lyon, who joined the faculty in 1988, teaches a wide array of classes on campus, delving in to the worlds of literature and cinema in both the English and Media and Society departments. An integral part of the newly developed L.A. Experience program, Lyon has led dozens of students on a trip to Los Angeles to explore the heart of the television, film and music industries.

“Liz has fashioned a sustained record of teaching excellence that stretches from her first days at HWS to the last class she taught this term,” says a fellow faculty member. “Our campus is fortunate, and we are all privileged, to have had Liz Lyon as part of our teaching community for 24 years. She is the consummate model of what teaching excellence can and should be at a liberal arts institution.”

Lyon received her M.A. from New York University and her Ph.D . from University of California at Berkeley.  She developed feature film projects for Bona Fide Productions in West Hollywood including scripts for the films “Election,” which was nominated for an Academy Award, and “The Wood.” Lyon was a co-founder, and served as co-editor, of the feminist film theory journal Camera Obscura.

Tinkler’s time on campus has been marked by his dedication not only to his students, but to the institution as a whole. Tinkler has served as a member of the Committee on the Faculty working to assist with budgets and requests for positions, has lent his time as a member of the President’s Budget Advisory Task Force, and recently acted as part of the Provost Search Committee.

“He has played many roles, re-pointing our various public faces and shoring up the foundations of this institution,” explains a faculty member. “For those of us who have had the honor and privilege of serving beside him, it comes as no surprise that he is this year’s recipient of the faculty prize for community service.”

Tinkler earned his Ph.D. from Emory University and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. His research interests range from medieval art and architecture to 19th century reuse of medieval style buildings in Upstate New York. Tinkler is a regular speaker in the Colleges’ Music, Meditation and Munchies series, faculty advisor to the Newman Catholic Community and a commissioner on the Geneva Human Rights Commission. He regularly leads students abroad in the Rome, Italy program.