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  • Ekland-Olson Surprised with Friar Award

    Published: April 12, 2013

    Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship co-chairs Alyssa Davis and Billy Calve present their annual award to Sheldon Ekland-Olson. The $25,000 fellowship, the largest annual monetary award to a UT professor, is given for demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate teaching level.

    Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship co-chairs Alyssa Davis, Plan II and sociology senior, and Billy Calve, government senior, present their annual award to Sheldon Ekland-Olson, the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Professor in Sociology, director of the School of Human Ecology and former provost. The $25,000 fellowship, the largest annual monetary award to a UT professor, is given for demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate teaching level.

    In keeping with tradition, members of the Friar Society and several past winners burst into Professor Ekland-Olson’s 10 a.m. class on Thursday, April 11, surprising the winner and students in his class with the good news. Watch the surprise unfold and see Professor Ekland-Olson’s reaction in the video below.

    [Photo by Marsha Miller. Video by Chad Schneider.]

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      Penny Green said on April 13, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
      I've known Sheldon since the fall of 1976, when I first entered the PhD program in Sociology at UT. He was my professor in two seminars. He was a great professor and has been a mentor to me over the years. I've also been privileged to know him as a colleague. He's the best! Thanks for everything, Sheldon. This award, along with all your others, is much deserved.
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