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Prof. Crew receives teaching excellence award

Posted: January 19, 2007

Recipients of some of the most prestigious awards given by The University of Texas at Austin to faculty and supporters of higher education will be honored Jan. 22 at an awards dinner at the Blanton Museum of Art hosted by William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin. Nine of the twelve recipients are from the College of Liberal Arts.

Award presentations will include the Presidential Citation, the Civitatis Award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award and the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards.

The Presidential Citation was created in 1979 to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university's commitment to the task of transforming lives. The university does not award honorary degrees, and these citations are designed to salute those whose service exemplifies the values shared by The University of Texas at Austin community. In honor of each recipient, a Presidential Citation Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to three students.

The Liberal Arts recipient of the 2005-06 Presidential Citation award is James B. Ayres, the Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Department of English.

Ayres founded the Shakespeare at Winedale program in 1970 in rural Round Top, Texas and presented the plays of William Shakespeare there and in Great Britain. In recognition of his work at Winedale, Ayres was given the highest honor of the College of Liberal Arts, the Bene Pro Meritis Award.

The Civitatis Award is presented to faculty members who have shown exemplary campus citizenship throughout a career of service at the university. The 2005-06 recipients are Judith Langlois, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Paul Woodruff, dean of undergraduate studies.

The award's name derives from the Latin motto that appears on the university's seal-Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis-taken from the words of Mirabeau B. Lamar, former president of the Republic of Texas, "Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy."

The award's name derives from the Latin motto that appears on the university's seal-Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis-taken from the words of Mirabeau B. Lamar, former president of the Republic of Texas, "Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy."

Langlois is the Charles and Sarah Seay Regents' Professor of Developmental Psychology and director of the Langlois Lab in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She also is a member of the Children's Research Laboratory. Langlois is a leading researcher in children's social development, with a focus on the origins of social stereotypes.

Woodruff has taught at The University of Texas at Austin since 1973, with an academic specialty in ancient Greek philosophy. He became director of the Plan II honors program in 1991 after three years chairing the Department of Philosophy. He is the Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society and holds the Hayden Head Regents Chair as director of Plan II. He has won the Harry Ransom Teaching Award and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching at The University of Texas at Austin. A cross-college committee of five faculty members and two students reviewed materials submitted by the deans of each school and college to determine who would be selected for the award. The 2005-06 recipient is Don B. Graham, the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature. The award provides for a $5,000 honorarium from the Chancellor's Council and a $2,500 honorarium. Graham joined the Department of English as an assistant professor in 1976.

The President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award, made possible by "Friends of the University," was established in 1980 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at The University of Texas at Austin. Awards are based upon nominations received from deans and department chairs in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. The 2005-06 Liberal Arts award recipients approved by the executive vice president and provost include Professor David F. Crew, Department of History; Professor Laura J. Furman, Department of English; Associate Professor James N. Loehlin, Department of English; Assistant Professor Sean M. Theriault, Department of Sociology; and Assistant Professor Michael P. Young, Department of Sociology.



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