By Jessica Cyr
Patrick Griffin, assistant professor of history, is the 2003 recipient of the Helen Coast Hayes Adventure of Learning Award presented annually by the Honors Tutorial College. Founded by an anonymous donor in honor of Helen Coast Hayes, a major benefactress to Ohio University, the award is exclusively given to faculty who have served as tutors to students in the Honors Tutorial College for less than three years.
According to Ann Fidler, dean of the Honors Tutorial College, Griffin received this year's award because of his genuine concern for honors education at Ohio University and his ability to provide outstanding academic experiences for Honors Tutorial College students.
"In his tutorials, Dr. Griffin is able to advance his students' appreciation for the study of history while enhancing vital academic skills," she said. "He puts a tremendous amount of energy into not only teaching his students how to write well and think critically, but also into helping them to understand how acquiring these crucial academic abilities can transform their undergraduate experiences. He does all of this in a very personable way. Students exit his tutorials as better writers, thinkers, historians, and citizens."
Not just a successful professor, Griffin educates others outside of Ohio University as well. His book, "The People with No Name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764," explored the migration of Ulster Presbyterians to America and how their settlement contributed to colonial America. His next book will present a major reevaluation of the current historical understanding of the American Revolution.
"He's an invaluable member of the Honors Tutorial College community," Fidler said. "He can teach, he can do the research and he's a great role model for our students."
Recipients of the award are chosen based on student recommendations and feedback, and suggestions from Honors Tutorial College directors of study. Following a personal interview with finalists for the award, the dean of the Honors Tutorial College selects the recipient. The award will be presented during the Honors Convocation on Sept. 27.
Jessica Cyr is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.