Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson receives Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence
Posted: May 5, 2011
Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson and students at the Holloway Award reception on May 16, 2011, at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, the 2011 recipient of the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences!
The Holloway Award began in 1970, when Jean and Sterling Holloway endowed one of The University of Texas' first teaching awards to formally establish that students should play a role in the selection of teaching awards. Since then, each spring, a group of ten students - five from the College of Liberal Arts and five from the College of Natural Sciences - have come together to read and evaluate nominations made by fellow students and to select the recipient of the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence.
The Jean Holloway Award recognizes individuals whose commitment to students has an effective, positive influence on the educational experience and lives of those they teach. Receiving the Jean Holloway Award is truly an honor, as the recipients are selected solely by a committee made up of students from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences.
Dr. Ekland-Olson has been chosen because the student selection committee found he most reflects the purpose of the award: Dr. Ekland-Olson "demonstrates a warmth of spirit, a concern for society and the individual, and the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to independent inquiry and creative thought, as well as respect for and understanding of the permanent values of our culture."