College of Liberal Arts

- University of Mississippi

College of Liberal Arts Teaching Awards

Each spring the College of Liberal Arts seeks nominations for three teaching awards.

Dean Hopkins (second from right) with recipients of 2014 Liberal Arts Teaching Awards (from left): Joan Hall, Jay Watson, and Buddy Arrington. | Photo by Nathan Latil/UM

Dean Hopkins (second from right) congratulates recipients of 2014 Liberal Arts Teaching Awards (from left): Joan Hall, Jay Watson, and Buddy Arrington. | Photo by Nathan Latil/UM Communications

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CORA LEE GRAHAM AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHING OF FRESHMEN
In 1984 Cora Lee Graham of Union City, Tennessee established an endowment “to help retain your better professors who teach the freshman classes” in the College of Liberal Arts. Criteria for this annual award include, but are not limited to, excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students, and concern for students’ welfare. The recipient is recognized during the College’s commencement ceremony, has his or her name added to an award plaque in the Dean’s office, and receives $1,000. Eligibility for this award is limited to faculty of professorial rank (assistant professor through full professor) in the College of Liberal Arts who are actively involved in teaching 100- or 200-level courses or other courses intended primarily for freshmen. Temporary and visiting faculty as well as previous recipients are not eligible.

RECIPIENTS OF THE CORA LEE GRAHAM AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHING OF FRESHMEN 

Jon F. Parcher, Chemistry & Biochemistry 1987
Lee N. Bolen, Physics and Astronomy 1988
Kwang-Sik Yun, Chemistry & Biochemistry 1989
Daniel E. Williams, English 1990
Jeffrey R. Watt, History 1991
Gerard Buskes, Mathematics 1992
William D. Scott, Chemistry & Biochemistry 1993
Kees Gispen, History 1994
Paul K. Lago, Biology 1995
Hans-Jurgen Gaycken, Modern Languages 1996
Walter E. Cleland, Jr., Chemistry & Biochemistry 1997
Michael P. Lynch, Philosophy & Religion 1998
L. Marvin Overby, Political Science 1999
Holly Reynolds, Political Science 2000
Kathryn McKee, English & Southern Studies 2001
Gary R. Gaston
, Biology 2002
Frederick E. Laurenzo, History 2003
Timothy Nordstrom, Political Science 2004
Aileen Ajootian, Classics 2005
Joe Turner Cantú, Theatre Arts 2006
Jason Ritchie, Chemistry & Biochemistry 2007
Tamar Goulet, Biology 2008
Greg Tschumper, Chemistry & Biochemistry 2009
Lou Haney, Art 2010
Eric Thomas Weber, Public Policy Leadership 2011
Jeff Jackson, Sociology & Anthropology 2012
Sarah Moses, Philosophy & Religion 2013

LIBERAL ARTS OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR
In 1985 the College of Liberal Arts began recognizing the Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Criteria for the annual award include, but are not limited to, excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students, and concern for students’ welfare. The recipient is recognized during the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony, has his or her name added to an award plaque in the Dean’s office, and receives $1,000. Eligibility is limited to faculty of professorial rank (assistant professor through full professor) of the College of Liberal Arts. Temporary and visiting faculty as well as previous recipients are not eligible.

RECIPIENTS OF THE LIBERAL ARTS OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sheila L. Skemp, History 1985
Jerrold J. Heindel, Biology 1986
James J. Cooke, History 1987
William F. Lawhead, Philosophy & Religion 1988
Mary Jeanne Kallman, Psychology 1989
Eldon L. Miller, Mathematics 1990
Kenneth O. McGraw, Psychology 1991
Donald Dyer, Modern Languages & Linguistics 1992
John S. Hull, Biology 1993
Talmadge James Reid, Mathematics 1994
Colby H. Kullman, English 1995
Lee N. Bolen, Physics 1996
Daniell L. Mattern, Chemistry & Biochemistry 1998
Rebecca L. Holberton, Biology 1999
Edmund D. Keiser, Biology 2000
Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez, History 2001
Samir A. Husni, Journalism 2002
Ethel A. Young-Minor, English 2003
Benjamin F. Fisher, English 2004
John R. Neff, History 2005
Ann Fisher-Wirth, English 2006
Sheri Rieth, Art 2007
Daniel O’Sullivan, Modern Languages 2008
Ross Haenfler, Sociology & Anthropology 2009
Jason Klodt, Modern Languages 2010
Beth Ann Fennelly, English 2011
Susan Pedigo, Chemistry & Biochemistry 2012
Felice Coles, Modern Languages, 2013

LIBERAL ARTS OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
In 2011 the College of Liberal Arts began recognizing the Liberal Arts Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Criteria for the annual award include, but are not limited to, excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students, and concern for students’ welfare.  The recipient is recognized during the College’s commencement ceremony, has his or her name added to an award plaque in the Dean’s office, and receives $1,000. Eligibility is limited to instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and instructional assistant professors who taught full time during the academic year they are nominated. Visiting instructors and previous recipients are not eligible.

RECIPIENTS OF THE LIBERAL ARTS OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Katherine Fields, Art 2011
Ivonne Whitehead, Modern Languages 2012
Michael Raines, Modern Languages 2013