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Faculty honored with 2017 College awards

Monday, June 05, 2017

LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized this spring with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community engaged research.

Community Engaged Scholarship Award 

The Community Engaged Scholarship Award is given to a faculty member whose scholarship actively collaborates with a community partner through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, such work contributes to the scholar’s discipline and strengthens the well-being of the community. The winner receives a $1,000 award. This is the first year the award has been given.

  • Dave Tell, associate professor of communication studies

Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Budig Teaching Professorship Award recognizes faculty in the social and behavioral sciences who demonstrate a profound and excellent commitment to teaching. Winners receive a $3,000 prize and carry the title of Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor for the academic year.

  • Gary Reich, associate professor of political science

Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award

The Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award honors a unit in the College that is doing exemplary work to improve undergraduate student advising with an award of $1,000.

  • Behavioral neuroscience program, Department of Psychology

Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award

The Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 1993. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU, and winners receive a $1,000 prize.

  • Luis Corteguera, professor of history

John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award

The John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 2002. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $750 prize.

  • William Barnett, Oswald Distinguished Professor of Macroeconomics

J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award

The J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award honors exceptional commitment to undergraduate advising. Students nominate professors for enhancing their experience at KU through the advising relationship. The honor comes with a $1,000 award.

  • John Derby, associate professor of visual art
  • Mary Klayder, associate director of undergraduate studies and University Honors Lecturer in the Department of English

Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award

The Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty who are selfless with their time and experience and continue to have lasting mentoring relationships with students long after they leave the classroom. Winners receive a $1,000 award.

  • Leslie Bennett, associate professor of theatre

The funds are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit.