Bethany’s Hull Named Finalist for West Virginia Professor of the Year

Hull_JohnWEB.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. John Howard Hull, Professor of Psychology at Bethany College, has been named a finalist for West Virginia’s 2015 Professor of the Year, according to Ken Sullivan of the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. 

This is the fifth time in seven years that a Bethany professor has been chosen for the honor. Biology professors John Burns, Albert “Jay” R. Buckelew, chemistry professor Lisa Reilly and world languages and culture professor Harald J.A. Menz were finalists in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Dr. Hull has served on the Bethany faculty since 1976.  During this time, he has taught a variety of classes in the field of psychology from the basic General Psychology to the advanced Statistics in Psychology III, first-year seminar courses and interdisciplinary courses such as The Art and Science of Peace.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College in Michigan, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Ohio. 

Throughout his 40-year career at Bethany, Dr. Hull has received a number of Bethany College recognitions for outstanding teaching and his contributions to the Bethany Community. Recently, he was recognized as the Community Supporter of the Year by the Bethany College Service Learning Center and he received the T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence from the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Hull has authored or co-authored 124 professional paper presentations or posters and numerous other journal articles, book chapters and text books. He strives to include as many undergraduates in his research as possible, usually serving as co-researchers and co-authors. Most of his research in recent years has been in social psychology, focused on gender stereotypes in children’s toys and books, sexual assault awareness and prevention, body image, sports superstitions and rituals and teaching.

The finalists and recipient of the 2015 Professor of the Year will be announced at a banquet in Charleston on March 30, 2016. The Professor of the Year will receive a $10,000 award.

The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Through the Professor of the Year program, the outstanding achievements of those individuals are brought to the attention of the general public.

Nominations for this prestigious award must include comprehensive and specific information about each nominee. The Foundation board selects Professor of the Year finalists based on the written information presented and on interviews with candidates.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.