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CLA professor honored for exceptional student service

Eric T. Weber, assistant professor of public policy leadership, received the 18th annual Frist Student Service Award in recognition of his exceptional service to students. The award was established with a gift from Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr. of Nashville, a 1930 UM graduate.

“I am very surprised and grateful. It has been a busy year, mostly with my head down to focus on this or that project,” Weber said. “So, an honor like the Frist Award took me aback and made me pick my head up to think about the big picture. The chancellor has highlighted service as a key part of the university’s mission, and the Frist Award concerns service to students. In that light, the honor is deeply meaningful and gratifying.”

One nomination for Weber stated: “Somehow, between teaching, writing books, writing articles for the Clarion-Ledger and the Tehran Times, leading efforts to improve access for disabled individuals on campus, speaking at conferences, and spending time with his wife and disabled young daughter, he has time for his students. And I don’t mean office hours — I see him outside the Lott building more than in it, and he’s in there a lot.”

In another nomination, a former student wrote: “In his PPL 212 class on critical thinking and public speaking, Dr. Weber filmed every speech and invited students to view them later in his office while he critiqued them. We text, tweet, G-mail chat and Facebook each other. Can’t say that for any other professor.”

Weber joined the Department of Public Policy Leadership in 2007 and is executive director of the Society of Philosophers in America and chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, M.A. from Ohio University and B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

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