UT Chancellor Names New Teaching Scholars

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Bill Snyder has named the Teaching Scholars for the 1995-96 academic year.

They are Dr. Paul Ashdown, professor of journalism, and Dr. Marcia Katz, associate professor of nuclear engineering, both of whom have been on the UT faculty since 1977.

Teaching Scholars — who work with Snyder and Vice Chancellor John Peters to promote good teaching — assist the Learning Research Center with orientation of new faculty, lead seminars on teaching issues, and advise instructors about teaching strategies.

Two Teaching Scholars are named each year for two-year terms. Dr. Robert Stillman, professor of English, and Dr. Al Burstein, professor of psychology, were selected last year.

“The purpose of the Chancellor’s Teaching Scholars program is to recognize faculty who have excelled in the area of teaching and who typify the ideals of scholarship, including both the creation and the dissemination of knowledge,” Snyder said.

As a White House fellow, Katz advised the Clinton administration on scientific and technological matters. In 1993, she received both the Allen and Hoshall Outstanding Teacher Award and the Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to UT.

Ashdown, author of “James Agee: Selected Journalism” (1985), has served as assistant dean of the college of communications and acting director of the school of journalism. He is one of 13 educators chosen for a five-week tour of India by the U.S. Department of Education.

Burstein, founding director of UT-Knoxville’s Social Science Research Institute, helped develop the psychology department’s ongoing research program and is involved with undergraduates through the University Studies program.

Stillman, a scholar of Renaissance language and literature, has received high praise from students for his innovative classroom teaching techniques. He received the 1993 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Contact: William Snyder (615-974-3288)

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