Press release: GRCC history professor awarded NEH grant for study in India


Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

April 8, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Dr. Robert M. Hendershot, an associate professor of History at Grand Rapids Community College, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow him to spend a month living and studying in India this summer.

As a member of the NEH’s 2013 Institute titled “India’s Past and the Making of the Present,” Dr. Hendershot will learn about the complexities of Indian history and culture while living in Delhi and visiting Agra, Varanasi, and other areas.

“Getting this grant was a very competitive process,” he said. “I feel lucky to have been chosen.

"Participating in the institute will be beneficial in a multitude of professional areas, not least of which because it will allow me to serve as a conduit of knowledge, passing on the learning I gain from the institute to the many undergraduate world history students I teach every semester. Moreover, my participation will fulfill a longtime desire to study Indian history and culture first-hand, to personally experience and generally deepen what reading and learning I have already achieved, and to expose myself to new and higher levels of scholarship.”    

Dr. Hendershot said he was also grateful for a supplemental professional development grant from the GRCC Foundation that will help with his travel to and from India, as well as the support of Dr. Laurie Chesley, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and his colleagues in the Social Sciences Department.  

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.