Hinnefeld Named Chancellor’s Professor
Indiana University South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison has named Jerry Hinnefeld the 2015 Chancellor’s Professor at IU South Bend. Hinnefeld is professor of Physics and has been teaching at IU South Bend since 1991.
The Chancellor’s Professor honors a full professor or librarian with highly meritorious performance in all areas of work. It recognizes a record of extension accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research and campus service.
Following a faculty recommendation, Chancellor Allison established the a award in his first year at IU South Bend as a way to recognize and encourage excellence in faculty on campus. “Dr. Hinnefeld is an outstanding faculty member and a leader on campus,” said Allison. “He and his students have excelled in research and he is a strong voice in the Academic Senate.”
Hinnefeld began his career as a high school physics and math teacher before earning his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He is an experimental nuclear physicist with a focus on reactions with astrophysical implications. He is involved in research at the Nuclear Structure Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State.
Hinnefeld has received several National Sciences Foundations grants and the IU South Bend Distinguished Research Award. One successful grant led to the building of an observatory on top of Northside Hall. Hinnefeld has mentored many students in research, leading to student publications as joint authors or separately from him. He has also been named to Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, a selective honor. Beyond the classroom and his research he is very involved in faculty governance and has served as president of the Academic Senate at IU South Bend. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Hanover College in Indiana.
The Chancellor’s Professorship comes with an increase in compensation and an assignment made in consultation with the chancellor that will advance the mission of the campus. The title remains in perpetuity. The 2014 Chancellor’s Professor was Mike Keen, professor of Sociology and director of the Center for a Sustainable Future at IU South Bend.