GRCC history professor named 2014 Emeritus Faculty



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


April 21, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A 30-year professor and “citizen of the world” has been named the 2014 Emeritus Faculty at Grand Rapids Community College.

Professor Paul Chardoul taught in the social sciences department from 1969 to 1999. He then became academic coordinator of distance learning, a position he held until retiring in 2005.

“Professor Chardoul always responded to the needs of students, the college and the community,” President Dr. Steven C. Ender said. “He has been an enthusiastic teacher and has been generous in sharing his considerable knowledge with GRCC and the entire community.”

During his time at GRCC, Chardoul served as a mentor to countless students and staff and developed an oral history project. He also worked with other faculty members to lead student trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, China and Ecuador. Since retiring, he has led trips to China, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, France and Russia.

He was a foreign policy adviser to Congressman Paul Henry and served on the board of trustees of the Grand Rapids Historical Society for eight years. He completed 20 years of Naval Reserve service, retiring with the rank of commander and was an instructor at the U.S. Naval War College. He also served on the board of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan for six years, including one as president and as general chairman of its Great Decisions series.

He coordinated a workshop and exhibit, “Current People’s Republic of China,” that included lecturers from the State Department, the Asia Society, universities, East Asia Studies Center, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and Chinese Consul-General. He was also project director of an exhibit of Greek-American immigration history, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chardoul always looked for ways to enhance teaching. While he was coordinator of faculty technology, he administered a $1.5 million grant to improve the use of technology in the classroom and in the library. He created the Institute for Faculty Excellence Advisory Team, which led professional development seminars. As academic coordinator of distance learning, he developed a training curriculum for faculty who were interested in integrating the latest technological advancements into their lessons.

“Professor Chardoul brings energy and commitment to all of his projects,” Ender said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and the entire Grand Rapids community is the richer for it.”

Chardoul will be honored as part of GRCC’s commencement, which will take place at 6 p.m. May 2 in Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 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 locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.