J. Mark Ruhl Receives Ganoe Award
by Christine Baksi
June 13, 2013
From left, Political Science Professor J. Mark Ruhl, recipient of the 2013 Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching; President William G. Durden '71; class of 2013 President Hector Antonio Meza.
Ruhl, professor of political science and the Glenn and Mary Todd Chair of
Political Science, received the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for
Inspirational Teaching during Commencement on May 19.
Established in 1969 with a
bequest from the late William A. Ganoe, class of 1902, the award is given
annually to a Dickinson faculty member elected by the senior class through
secret balloting. The award includes an honorarium and the opportunity to use
funds from the Ganoe Memorial Fund to support teaching and research
"I am very pleased to win the Ganoe Award and extend my thanks
to the class of 2013," said Ruhl. "I enjoy working with students inside and
outside the classroom. I especially like helping students make the most of
their study-abroad experiences."
Ruhl began his teaching career at
Dickinson in 1975. His comparative politics courses cover Latin America and
Sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on Latin American democratization and
civil-military relations in the Central American countries of Honduras,
Guatemala and Nicaragua. He is widely published on the topic and has lectured
extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
Ruhl is a three-time coordinator of
Dickinson's Latin American studies program and served two terms as chair of the
political-science department. He directed the Dickinson Center in Bologna four times from 1977 to 2008 and
helped develop the new Dickinson in South America program, which involves study in
Ecuador and Argentina. "His courses are at the heart of Dickinson's commitment
to global education," said class of 2013 President Hector Antonio Meza.
An alumnus of Dickinson, class of 1970, Ruhl holds a master's degree and
Ph.D. from Syracuse University.