UT Martin faculty members honored for achievements
The Messenger 04.23.08
Five University of Tennessee at Martin faculty members — including one from Union City — were honored with awards for outstanding achievements in scholarship, citizenship, teaching and advising during the recent Honors Day program.
• Dr. Michael Gibson, professor of geology, and Lane Last of Union City, associate professor of art, who received the Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award. The Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award of $5,000 was established in 1993 by James R. Cunningham, who attended UT Junior College in the 1930s. It is awarded annually to faculty members who have demonstrated strength in teaching and made a contribution to the teaching profession through scholarly activities, extracurricular achievements and leadership responsibilities.
• Dr. Eric Pelren, associate professor of wildlife biology, who received the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association (UTNAA) Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year, the UTNAA presents awards of $2,000 to faculty members on each of the UT campuses who have been selected as outstanding teachers. Students, alumni and faculty nominate outstanding teachers, who then are evaluated on classroom performance, scholarship and service.
• Dr. Janet Rasmussen-Wilbert, assistant professor of health and human performance, who received the Outstanding Advisor Award. The Outstanding Advisor Award of $1,000 and a plaque are presented to the faculty member selected for demonstrating a caring attitude toward advisees, the ability to engage in developmental advising and other distinctive characteristics. The recipient also is eligible for the national award competition sponsored by the American College Testing Program and the National Academic Advising Association.
• Dr. Charles Bradshaw, assistant professor of English, who received the Coffey Outstanding Teaching Award. The Coffey Outstanding Teaching Award of $5,000 was established in 1998 by Mai and Charlie Coffey and is awarded annually to a faculty member who demonstrates strength in teaching and contributes to the teaching profession through extracurricular achievements, leadership qualities and scholarly activities.