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Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson Inducted into UT's Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Posted: October 9, 2013

On October 7, UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers inducted Professor Sheldon Ekland-Olson and three other new members into its ranks.

Dr. Ekland-Olson is the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology, Director of the School of Human Ecology and Head of the Division of Textiles and Apparel, and Director of the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation in the College of Natural Sciences. Dr. Ekland-Olson served as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1993 to 1998 and Provost of the University from 1998 to 2006. He joined the faculty of the University in 1971 after earning his Ph.D. in Sociology and Law from the University of Washington and Yale Law School.

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers was created in 1995 to recognize tenured faculty members who throughout their careers have maintained significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level. Membership is limited to 5 percent of tenured faculty. Members remain in the Academy for the duration of their time at the University.

A banquet is held each fall to welcome new members of the Academy. The President of the University and Provost attend and present new members with a certificate and bronze medallion.

The Academy serves as an advisory group to the Executive Vice President and Provost on teaching excellence and will provide institutional leadership and guidance for the distinctive undergraduate experience available in our research university environment.

Congratulations, Sheldon!

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