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Jeffrey Abramson Receives Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award

Abramson thanked for his "enthusiasm for the power and beauty of education"

Posted: May 14, 2012

Jeffrey Abramson, professor of government, has been awarded the Ninth Annual Award for Distinction in Teaching by Phi Beta Kappa for the Alpha of Texas Chapter.

The letter nominating Abramson for the award noted his “profound ability as a teacher and his immense kindness toward and understanding of his students,” as well as his skill in “conveying the ability of political philosophy to transform our character and to call out the best in us;” his “incredible ability as a lecturer;” and that “he understands firsthand how challenging confronting injustice can be and yet still manages to convince his students of the power of youthful optimism and enthusiasm to make change and reform possible.” The student credits Abramson for a public spirit restored “to a level of unprecedented rigor.”

Established in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society. The Alpha chapter at the University of Texas was organized in 1904. Abramson was the unanimous selection chosen from a group of candidates nominated by chapter members newly elected for the academic year 2011-2012. The award selection committee consisted of four undergraduate students, two faculty members, and the Student Division Specialist of the University Honors Center.

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