Faculty News and Notes
Amy Billone, an associate professor of English specializing in 19th century British literature, has written a book, Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet, which has received positive reviews from scholarly journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry and The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Billone is currently working on a book on the gothic in British fiction and poetry, and she also teaches children’s literature and has published scholarly work on the Harry Potter book series.
Don Hough, a retired music professor and teacher of trombone at UT Knoxville for 41 years, is receiving the Neill Humfeld Award for Excellence in Teaching from the International Trombone Association. The award is one of two given out each year from the association and is for excellence in trombone teaching. It is the highest trombone teaching award.
Bruce Ralston, a professor of geography, has been named the recipient of this year’s “GIS Champion Award” by the Tennessee Geographic Information Council (TNGIC). He will be presented this award at the annual TNGIC conference March 31-April 1 in Chattanooga.
Terrell Strayhorn, associate professor of higher education and sociology and director of the Center for Higher Education Research and Policy, was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Member Award during the African American Image Awards Ceremony held recently at UT Knoxville. The award recognizes a faculty/staff member who has ‘excelled to make sure minority students are successful while here at UT.’
Mingzhu Xia, a doctoral student in Child and Family Studies, is one of 22 students out of 68 applicants selected for an International Summer School sponsored jointly by the European Association for Research on Adolescence and the Society for Research in Adolescence. The summer school, which will be held June 1-6 in Vancouver, Canada, brings promising graduate students together with senior faculty for intensive training. The two societies join with a grant from the Jacobs Foundation to provide free accommodations and subsidized air travel to Vancouver for the session.