George Fox University recognized an art professor and a physics professor as its top undergraduate teacher and researcher/scholar for the 2016-2017 school year.
The school awarded Tim Timmerman, an art professor at the institution for 14 years, the Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching, while Bob Hamilton, whose research has focused on properties of waves formed by the interaction of solar wind, was given the Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.
Timmerman specializes in teaching painting, sculpture, mixed media, contemporary art forms, drawing and art history. He also oversees the Minthorne Gallery and the university's art collection.
"It's a blessing to work in a place with so many excellent faculty members," Timmerman said in a press release. "It is humbling to be chosen among so many wonderful colleagues who give above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to teaching and living out the 'Be Known' promise with our students. I count myself honored and privileged to work with such a kind and hardworking community."
Timmerman, who earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from Biola University and a master's degree in fine arts in painting and drawing from Washington State University, seeks to help students develop not only their technical skills and proficiency, but their Christian values as well.
"It has been my hope that my students recognize … the truth that the arts are integral within all of life," Timmerman said. "My aim in teaching has been to help students lean into what it is to be a follower of Christ and fully human so that they may flourish in a life grounded in what is good, right, true and beautiful.
Hamilton, a professor of physics in the College of Engineering, was honored for his research and scholarship on the properties of waves formed by the interaction of solar wind —the blast of charged particles from the sun — and the sun's magnetic field.
"The behaviors of the solar wind and the sun's magnetic field are completely intertwined, and one result of their interaction is a type of wave which travels much like a wave on a plucked string," Hamilton said in a press release. "The mathematics and physics of the wave dynamics are beautiful and are easily modeled numerically. These waves also have practical importance through their role shaping geomagnetic storms that can impact the world's power grids and satellite communications."
Hamilton often spends his summers researching the subject area and finds inspiration from the students he works with. He credits students' creativity and hard work for helping advance the research, which has resulted in publications, presentations and collaborations.
Hamilton, who has taught at George Fox since 2003, received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Puget Sound in 1985 and a doctorate in physics from UCLA in 1991.
In addition to the news of the award, Hamilton said he was caught off guard when his 90-year-old mother and 98-year-old aunt attended the award presentation as a surprise.
"It is all God's grace to be able to teach and do physics with the bright and enthusiastic students at George Fox University, and in both research and the classroom the students have been my inspiration," he said. "Being able to watch and contribute to the growth of students through their time at the university – to see them become confident, professional co-workers equipped to follow God's calling on their lives – has been the largest reward and source of pride."