2016 Bayhnam Karns

Michael Duffy, Sara Patterson and Leticia Bajuyo earned the top faculty awards during Hanover College's 79th-annual Honors Convocation. The event took place Thursday, April 14, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Duffy, a professor of theological studies, earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award, established by the College in 1969. A ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the award recipient. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

A member of Hanover’s faculty since 1995, Duffy teaches in the areas of theological ethics, Christian theologies of vocation, moral decision-making, great spiritual figures and issues, images of God, and hope and despair. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Virginia, earned a master’s degree in divinity at Harvard Divinity School, a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sara Patterson and Leticia Bajuyo shared the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The award, established in 2011, re-named in honor of the biology professor who died in 2011, recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Patterson, an associate professor of theological studies, teaches courses in theology, history of Christianity, and religion in the Americas. She investigates the intersections of religious experience, place and community and also teaches and writes about how gender, race and ethnicity affect religious experiences and religious communities. Patterson, who joined Hanover’s faculty in 2008, earned a bachelor’s degree at Denison University, master’s degree at Claremont School of Theology and a doctoral degree at Claremont Graduate University.

A professor of art who joined the faculty in 2001, Bajuyo explores perceptions of value associated with consumer capitalism and cultural capital, creating artworks that range in scale from palm-sized to the architectural. She teaches courses in art and design including sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary art practices. Bajuyo earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Notre Dame and a masters of fine arts at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Pictured are Hanover President Lake Lambert, Leticia Bajuyo, Michael Duffy and Sara Patterson

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