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Friar Society Selects History Professor for Teaching Excellence Award

Posted: April 14, 2008

In keeping with tradition, the Friar Society interrupted Miller's 10 a.m. class with a trumpet parade by the Longhorn Band.

Miller is known for his popular religious studies courses, including, "Religion in U.S. Popular Culture" and "Jesus in American Culture," which is now available online in full-length video recordings.

"Dr. Miller is a beloved professor who inspires his students to become more holistic thinkers about the role of religion in society," said Bill Bacon, president of Liberal Arts Council and co-chair of the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. "His innovative teaching style, which includes activities such as having students write a religious autobiography, engages students in a way that distinguishes him among faculty members at the university."

Founded in 1911, the Friar Society is the university's oldest and most respected honor society. Students across campus nominate their favorite professors for the award, and a committee of Friar Society student members selects the award recipient.

Previous Liberal Arts recipients of the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship include: Henry Dietz, distinguished teaching professor of government (2006-07); George Forgie, distinguished teaching associate professor of history (2004-05), Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, associate professor of English (2002-03); Larry Carver, professor of English and director of Liberal Arts Honors (2001-02); Michael Stoff, associate professor of history (1996-97); Denise Schulze, professor of French and Italian (1992-1993); George Wright, professor of history (1990-91); Robert Kane, professor of history (1989-90); and Robert Abzug, associate professor of history (1988-1989).

Contact:
Bill Bacon
Co-chair, Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship
512-964-0649
wbacon@mail.utexas.edu

Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts
512-232-4730
jennifer.mcandrew@mail.utexas.edu

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