Hafner, Hughes Win Teaching Awards

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science) and Richard Hughes, a retired English professor, have been named recipients of the sixth annual Boston College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Awards.

The award honors excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching, thesis advancement and other forms of guidance on academic research projects, according to Assoc. Prof. Richard Tresch (Economics), the chapter's president. Faculty are nominated by Phi Beta Kappa's student members, who themselves are selected primarily on the basis of academic achievement.

"Dick and Don are BC veterans whose reputations for teaching excellence go way back," Tresch said. "I was especially pleased to be able to honor Dick before his retirement had stretched so far that our undergraduates would not have known him. He succeeded with students at all levels, from introductory undergraduate courses to his graduate seminars, and in both English and Honors Program courses.

"Don Hafner has also been regarded as an excellent teacher by all levels of Political Science students," Tresch added. "I think of him as one of the Political Science professors who made sure that the department maintained contact with its best students so that they were challenged to produce high-quality work in their junior and senior years."

Hughes worked at Boston College from 1955 until his retirement in 1994. He served two stints as department chairman and was the only lay dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a post he held from 1969-1972.

Hafner, who joined the faculty in 1971, is also an expert on foreign affairs and arms control issues, and served as an advisor with the US Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty II delegation in Geneva.

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