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CEHD Endowed Faculty Celebrated at UND Investiture Ceremony

L-R: CEHD Interim Dean Dr. Cheryl Hunter, 2023 awardee Dr. Renuka de Silva and 2022 awardee Dr. Hyonsuk Cho. Credit: Kenya Zarns.

CEHD was proudly represented at the 2023 UND Faculty Investiture Ceremony & Celebration. The event, which honors faculty who have been awarded endowed positions, took place at the Gorecki Alumni Center.


DeAnna Carlson Zink, ’86, CEO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, hosted the program in lieu of President Andy Armacost, who was unable to attend. She was joined by Provost Eric Link and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Randi Tanglen, both of whom addressed the crowd and acknowledged the accomplishment and achievements of the endowment recipients seated before them.

Drs. Hyonsuk Cho & Joonkil Ahn in 2022.

The ceremony’s featured speakers were donor Paul Korus, ’78, ’80, Independent / Non-Executive Director of Chord Energy and PDC Energy, and Dr. Frank Bowman, who holds the Thomas C. Owens Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering.

What are Endowments?

Endowments are gifts from a donor in support of scholarly work. Often, these are named for the donor or for a person or cause specified by the donor or their estate. Funds can be designated to subsidize salaries and/or to support research and related academic activities. Although most endowments continue for as long as they are funded, individuals are awarded for a limited amount of time (e.g. 2 years, 5 years, etc.).

UND currently has nearly 60 endowed positions, with goals of reaching 100 in the coming years. CEHD currently has 4 endowed positions.

CEHD Endowed Faculty

Drs. Ryan Summer & Virginia Clinton-Lisell in 2022.

This year’s awardee from CEHD is Dr. Renuka de Silva, Assistant Professor and Director of Indigenous Teacher Education (ITE). Dr. de Silva is a 2023 recipient of the Hopper Danley Faculty Fellowship. She was presented a medallion by Interim Dean Dr. Cheryl Hunter.

The other current recipient of the Hopper Danley Faculty Fellowship is Dr. Hyonsuk Cho, Associate Professor and head of the TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), who was awarded in 2022.

CEHD has one other faculty endowment, the Fischer Professorship, which supports research and scholarly activity. The current recipients of the Fischer Professorship are Dr. Ryan Summers, Associate Professor of Science Education, and Dr. Virginia Clinton-Lisell, Associate Professor and co-director of Educational Foundations and Research. Both were awarded in 2022.

EDIT 8/30/2023: UND Today‘s coverage of the event can be found hereAdditional images of CEHD members at the event (including new images courtesy of UND Marketing) can be found here.

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