Phi Beta Kappa honor society selects Prof. Wilson for teaching award
Posted: April 28, 2008
The Teaching Award Selection Committee of the Society chose Prof. Wilson because of the exceptional remarks in the nominating student's letter. "Dr. Wilson's commitment to his students is, without question, unsurpassed." The student also wrote, "Long after the formal relationship of student and professor has passed into memory, Dr. Wilson continues to act as a guiding force in the private lives of his former students."
"Congratulations on this testimony to your outstanding teaching here at the University of Texas," wrote Prof. Carol MacKay in her letter of notification to Wilson. MacKay is the president of Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Texas Chapter and a Professor of English at UT. "Clearly you have served as a professional and personal role model."
The student concluded his nominating letter with, "He opened doors for me that up until that point had remained locked, and I am positive that my experience would have been infinitely more difficult had it not been for his mentorship."'
Wilson will receive his teaching award at the Society's annual spring initiation ceremony at the Texas Union Ballroom on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. Another History professor will be the keynote speaker, Prof. David Oshinsky. Wilson was the speaker for the Society's fall initiation in 2007.
Phi Beta Kappa was established at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1776. It is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society of scholars and letters. The Alpha (first) chapter at UT was the first in the state and was organized in 1904.
PBK is dedicated to honoring students who are studying in the liberal arts and sciences colleges. From its inception, it has had some of the most rigorous academic standards of all the honor societies. It promotes the value of a broad core curriculum and works with the National Honor Society to help high school students achieve academic excellence.
The different chapters raise funds for scholarships and fellowships. Chapters, such as the one at UT, nominate and award both students and teachers based on their academic achievement and contribution to the academic community at large.
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