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Thanks, Faculty: Students Grateful for Great Teaching

UT Knoxville is honoring its faculty this week by featuring some of its special professors and instructors in stories and videos. Today, students and alumni thank faculty members Mike West, William Bradshaw, Sharon Barkdoll, David Cihak, Neal Shover and Lee Ann Rawlins for great teaching.

College Kudos: Gene Hayes, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

A professor in the Department of Exercise, Sports and Leisure Studies since 1984, Gene Hayes founded Camp Koinonia, a successful camp for kids and young adults with disabilities, visited all 50 states and dived in waters around the world for 20 years. While his students say they appreciate the example he sets, Hayes said it is his students that energize him the most.

College Kudos: Richard Heitmann, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Richard Heitmann loves helping students learn about UT and animal science. A professor of animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, he also serves as his department’s undergraduate program coordinator. In that role, he helps ensure that undergraduate students’ experience gives them the best foundation possible for a career in animal sciences or for further education.

Thanks, Faculty: Students Credit Instructors for Work Outside the Classroom

UT Knoxville is honoring its faculty this week by featuring some of its special professors and instructors in stories and videos. Today, students say faculty members John Riley, Melissa Morris, Joe Carcello, William Seaver, Elizabeth Gentry, Frank Guess and Tim Young go the extra mile, in and out of the classroom.

College Kudos: Joe Bartges, College of Veterinary Medicine

Professor Joe Bartges tells his students to treat each patient as if it were their own little Nelle, Buddy, Cruella, Geri or Chloe. “Most people view their pets as family members, so it is important to understand and respect this, and to give them that sort of attention,” said Bartges, a professor of medicine and nutrition in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of small animal clinical sciences.

College Kudos: Linda Mefford, College of Nursing

Linda Mefford believes in the power of nursing to heal, and as a professor in the College of Nursing, she feels it is important to pass that power on to the next generation of nurses. Though at heart she is primarily a nursing clinician specializing in neonatal intensive care nursing, Mefford changed her career focus to nursing education and now teaches one of the hardest parts of the nursing program — pathophysiology, the study of change in the body caused by injury or disease.

College Kudos: Eric Haley, College of Communication and Information

Students at UT Knoxville come to the classroom with their lifetime of knowledge, and it’s the job of the faculty to help them explore new ways of thinking and relating to the world. Eric Haley, a professor of advertising in the School of Advertising and Public Relations, says the classroom experience is only part of what students learn during their time at the university.