Dr. Sharon J. Hamilton Receives IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Sharon J. Hamilton, Ph.D., who joined the Department of English faculty within the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in 1987 and enjoyed a distinguished career at IUPUI until her retirement in 2008, was recently honored with an IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

During her time at IUPUI, Hamilton established an international reputation for her understanding of how to create effective, collaborative learning environments and dedicated her career to helping others discover the transformational power of literacy.

A national expert, she developed IUPUI’s electronic portfolio system while serving as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and associate dean of the faculties. Additionally, Dr. Hamilton founded the IUPUI Center for Integrating Teaching and the Office of Campus Writing, serving as its first director.

Dr. Hamilton honored the dedication of all lecturers in the Department of English by creating the Sharon. J. Hamilton Fund for Lecturers in English to support the professional development of resident lecturers. She has also supported the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts, the Chancellor’s Circle, and the Bepko Scholars Program. In 2019, Hamilton was inducted into the IU Presidents Circle.

After retiring, she moved to England to write until she returned to her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she continues to write crime fiction novels. The author of numerous books and plays, she remains connected to IUPUI through her membership in the IUPUI Senior Academy.

About the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Each year since 1989, the IUPUI campus has come together for the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. The event honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have contributed to the university’s programs through gifts and voluntary services. The event serves as a reminder of how important philanthropy and volunteerism are to our campus, community, and civic lives. The 2023 ceremony was held on April 11.

Source: IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony program booklet