Tom Hamilton, a Capital alum, and his wife, Carolyn, helped to fund the launch of Capital’s Computational Studies minor and established the Harvey and Marian Stegemoeller Endowed Chair in Computational Studies to honor the memories of Harvey and Marian Stegemoeller. After receiving degrees from St. John’s College, Concordia Seminary, and Washington University, President Stegemoeller taught at St. John’s College, where he met his future wife, Marian Charlotte Bangert. He served as a minister in various congregations and president of Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota, before accepting the presidency of Capital University in 1979. During his eight-year term as president, Mr. Stegemoeller worked to shepherd the student body, faculty, and staff of Capital through a period of intense and often difficult change, bringing an exceptional level of personal interest and involvement to the work of improving the lives of the entire university family. The purpose of this endowed chair to honor the memories of Harvey and Marian Stegemoeller by furthering the advancement of knowledge in the field of Computational Studies.
The successful candidate for the Harvey and Marian Stegemoeller Endowed Chair in Computational Studies will be a full-time, tenure-track or tenured, current or newly appointed Capital University faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the University and to the faculty member’s professional discipline. The candidate will be recognized by the profession as an exceptionally productive scholar. The individual is expected to engage in research leading to publication; candidates should be prepared to pursue such research singularly and in concert with colleagues and students. The individual will, on occasion, serve as an ambassador for Capital University in the professional community and offer public lectures and talks and provide community service activities. The chair holder will receive a 25-percent teaching load reassignment to engage in scholarship. Based upon the available proceeds of the endowment, the holder may be awarded an annual summer scholarship stipend and may propose an annual budget to foster the purposes of the endowed chair. The appointee may hold the chair for a three-year term, subject to annual review and reappointment, and may be eligible for subsequent reappointment. The holder will submit a budget and an annual report of activity to the provost, academic dean or chair, and Stegemoeller Committee.
The Harvey and Marian Stegemoeller Endowed Chair in Computational Studies will be appointed by the president and officially named by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty, academic dean/chair of the chair holder’s department, and provost. The Stegemoeller Committee, which will include four chairs from the Computational Sciences Across the Curriculum (CSAC) program (e.g., biological and environmental sciences; chemistry; finance; mathematics, computer science and physics; and psychology) and a representative from the provost’s office, will review nominations for the chair and recommend one or more candidates for appointment.