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Five Liberal Arts Faculty win Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowships

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posted: Wednesday May 4, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The College of Liberal Arts has awarded five professors with Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowships, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching and commitment.

Established in 1989, the Dickson Teaching Fellowship provides a one-year fellowship appointment and a $3,000 salary supplement for the 2011-12 academic year.

The five faculty members are:

Rebecca Bigler, professor of psychology, researches the formation and consequences of racial and gender stereotypes. She has published several studies on how young children view race, and how attitudes and beliefs towards race and gender may be formed.

Kenneth Greene, associate professor of government, specializes in political parties and elections, Mexican politics, Latin American politics and research methods. In his latest book “Why Dominant Parties Lose,” he examines the persistence and decline of dominant party systems in Mexico.

Julie Hardwick, professor of history, studies early modern social and cultural history, legal history and women's history. Her most recent book “Family Business,” explores litigation and the political economies of daily life in early modern France.

Allen MacDuffie, assistant professor of English, specializes in Victorian literature. His forthcoming book “The City and the Sun: The Rise of Energy Culture in Victorian Britain” examines the evolution of the discourse of energy in Victorian literature. 

Thomas Vessley, senior lecturer of French and Italian, teaches introductory to advanced French language courses, as well as courses in French literature and drama. He has taught at the university for more than 20 years.

Visit the Provost’s website for a complete list of past recipients.

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