North Central College - Naperville, IL

Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities

Gregory H. Wolf holds the Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities endowed chair at North Central College. The professor of German was named its first recipient in October 2012.

Wolf started teaching at North Central College in 2005. Four years later, he won the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Senior Faculty Member. Wolf has distinguished himself by rebuilding the College’s German program, encouraging student research and conference participation, leading annual study abroad trips to Germany and conducting extensive scholarly work in the field of German education.

Wolf is chair of the Small Undergraduate German Programs special interest group of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language and has a wide range of published work. In 2013, his review of the German author Botho Strauß’s book “Sie/Er” appeared in the journal World Literature Today. He has also been published in the Society of American Baseball Research’s (SABR) peer-reviewed and peer-edited encyclopedia “Baseball Biography Project" and "The Hardball Times," reflecting his side interest in baseball history.

Wolf holds master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University in German language and literature and a bachelor of arts degree in German and history from The University of the South.

The chair was established by the late Dennis ’54 and Jean Ranson Bauman ’57, who wanted to thank their alma mater for the important role education played in their lives. Dennis Bauman was inspired by North Central Professor Charles Hower ’27 and went on to become a teacher of Latin and German—reflecting Hower’s academic pursuits—at The University School of Milwaukee.