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John P. Tiemstra Collection, 1970-2011 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, 2011, 2012

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Collection Overview

Title: John P. Tiemstra Collection, 1970-2011

ID: COLL/520

Primary Creator: Tiemstra, John P. (1950-)

Extent: 2.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2011


Professor of economics at Calvin College. The collection includes correspondence, academic materials, and publications detailing the integration of faith with economics, i.e., the importance of moral choice and stewardship in economic analysis. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

From 1975 to 2012, Professor John P. Tiemstra dedicated his career to serving the Department of Economics and Business at Calvin College. He graduated with honors from Oberlin College in 1971 and pursued his doctorate of philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. Tiemstra devoted himself to explore why and how Christianity affects the economy. Tiemstra is considered one of the world's leading scholars on Christianity and economics, especially in the Reformed tradition. He has produced two major publications, a textbook, Economics: A Developmental Approach, 1999 and Reforming Economics, 1990. His writings also frequent periodicals like International Journal of Social Economics and Business, Society Review, and Christian Scholars' Review.

A few of Tiemstra’s professional associations and services include the American Economic Association, the Association of Christian Economists, and editorial board member of Faith & Economics. He was a member of the Association for Social Economic, where he was the recipient of the 2009 Thomas F. Divine Award for lifetime contribution to social economics. Tiemstra’s recreational interests include Irish culture and church music. He is a member of the Irish Heritage Society. He is also a member of the American Guild of Organists, where Tiemstra met his wife, Suzanne Spicer. He enjoys singing Irish folk songs and playing the organ for area churches.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 Boxes

Acquisition Source: John P. Tiemstra, 2011

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2011],
[Series 2: Writings, 1972-2010],
[Series 3: Academic materials, 1968-2009],

Series 3: Academic materials --- 1968-2009
Box 4
Folder 15: Curriculum Vitae --- [1983?]
Folder 16: Papers written for history courses at Oberlin College --- 1968-1972
Folder 17: Papers written for philosophy courses at Oberlin College --- 1969-1971
Folder 18: Papers written for studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology --- 1971-1973
Folder 19: Materials and notes, Businesses' Role and Responsibility in Modern Society conference at Catholic University, Washington, DC --- Jun 1976
Folder 20: Reports:
Item 1: "Economics and Business Department Facilities Committee Report" --- [1982]
Item 2: "Rationale and Objectives for the Analytical Economics Component of the Business Major Program" --- 1982
Item 3: Proposal response, i.e., Response to the PAP Proposal, Personnel Committee --- undated
Folder 21: List, "Activities in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, 1975-1983" --- [1983]
Folder 22: Reports, Self-evaluations --- 1983-1984
Folder 23: Examinations, Economics 334 --- 1983-2009
Folder 24: Course booklet, "Readings for Economics W 10" --- 1995
Folder 25: Course booklet, Economics: A Developmental Approach --- 1996
Folder 26: Sabbatical applications --- 1989, 1997
Folder 27: Committee minutes, Environmental Stewardship Committee --- 2002-2005
Folder 28: Sabbatical report --- 2006

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2011],
[Series 2: Writings, 1972-2010],
[Series 3: Academic materials, 1968-2009],

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