For Chris Craig, a UT Knoxville classics professor since 1980, successful classroom education comes down to two words: love and respect. “My approach is first and foremost you have to love the material you’re trying to impart. Second, you have to respect the people with whom you are sharing it,” he says. “If you fall down on either of those, then you’re wasting someone’s time.”
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As associate professor of accounting and information management, Dick Townsend has seen the University of Tennessee campus and students change over the past 40 years, since he started working at UT in 1969. “I’ve really enjoyed teaching at UT. I have a great group of colleagues,” Townsend said.
Is there a UT professor, researcher or lecturer who deserves a special pat on the back for the great work they do? If so, Faculty Appreciation Week, which begins tomorrow and runs through Feb. 23, is the perfect time to say “thank you.”
The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the McClung Museum will present “A Night at the Museum” for UT Knoxville faculty, lecturers, instructors and graduate teaching assistants, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
Knoxville-area UT faculty and staff are invited to attend Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night at Clarence Brown Theatre on Tuesday, March 2, for a special performance of “Charley’s Aunt” at 7:30 p.m. This date is in addition to the previously-publicized Feb. 23 showing. Due to high demand, all tickets have been distributed for that date and the theatre has scheduled this second free performance.
An anonymous donor has made a $1 million challenge to raise money to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the teacher internship program at UT Knoxville. The donor, a longtime supporter of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has offered to give $1 million in memory of the late J. Clayton Arnold if the college can collect at least $1 million in contributions from other supporters.
As educators and researchers, faculty help make UT Knoxville one of America’s great universities. The university will celebrate the hard work and dedication of its faculty during a new event, Faculty Appreciation Week, from Feb. 17-23.
Faculty Appreciation Week is being planned for Feb. 17-23. In preparation, we are collecting stories about great UT faculty members.