Dr. Hamilton joined the English faculty in 1987 and enjoyed a distinguished career at IUPUI until her retirement in 2008. She 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. Sharon 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, Sharon was inducted into the IU Presidents Circle. After retiring, she moved to England to write until she returned to her hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 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.