In 1976 a loan fund was established through the SIUE Foundation by Joseph W. Hoppe because he believed in SIUE's mission and the value of faculty research. Four years later, the Hoppe endowment became the basis for the Hoppe Research Faculty Award. In 1999 this award was transformed with the help of SIUE academic deans into the current Hoppe Research Professor Program.
The Hoppe Research Professor Award is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment; The SIUE Graduate School, and the SIUE Schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Nursing; and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program recognizes faculty members on continuing, full-time appointments. The Hoppe Research Professor will be appointed for a two-year period, receive 50 percent assigned time for research each academic year, the services of a one-quarter time graduate assistant, and $1,000 in support lines.
Joseph W. Hoppe was originally from Carlinville, Illinois. Although he never attended college he was a very successful business man and a banker by trade. Joseph Hoppe received an honorary degree from Blackburn College and, according to his son, it meant a great deal to him. He died of cancer in 1981 and left behind his wife, Mrs. Aline Hoppe, two sons, Guy and Don Hoppe, and his daughter Diane.
2013-2015 Gregory Fields, Department of Philosophy
2012-2014 Leah O'Brien, Department of Chemistry
2011-2013 Andrew Neath, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
2010-2012 Andy Lozowski, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2009-2011 George Pelekanos, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
2008-2010 Allison Thomason, Department of Historical Studies
2006-2008 Michael Shaw, Department of Chemistry
2005-2007 Edward Sewell, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
2004-2006 Carole Frick, Department of Historical Studies
2003-2005 John Bryden, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
2002-2004 Urszula Ledzewicz, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
2001-2003 Ronald Schaefer, Department of English Language & Literature
2000-2002 Allison Funk, Department of English Language & Literature
2000-2002 Marian Smith, Department of Biological Sciences