Friar Society selects Jarvis for teaching excellence award

April 12, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas—The Friar Society of The University of Texas at Austin has awarded the 19th annual Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship to Dr. Sharon Jarvis, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Communication.

College of Communication Interim Dean Rod Hart congratulates Dr. Sharon Jarvis on the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

College of Communication Interim Dean Rod Hart congratulates Dr. Sharon Jarvis on the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, which, at $12,000, is the largest for undergraduate teaching excellence at the university.

Photo: Marsha Miller

The annual award of $12,000 is for one full year and goes to a full-time, tenured or tenure-track undergraduate professor. The fellowship is the largest award for undergraduate teaching excellence at the University.

The Friar Fellowship was created to recognize a faculty member who has, first and foremost, attained distinction and excellence teaching undergraduates. In addition, the fellow must have made a significant contribution to the university above and beyond the call of duty. The individual should possess a high degree of character and integrity and have demonstrated compassion in relating to students.

Founded in 1911, the Friar Society is The University of Texas at Austin’s oldest and most respected honor society. The Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship recognizes professors who go above and beyond the call of duty in reaching out to undergraduate students. The society does not seek to honor professors for their research or publications, but for their true dedication to students. Students across campus nominate favorite professors and a committee of Friar Society members selects the award recipient.

Members of the Friar Society include many of the state’s most prominent business leaders, academics, attorneys and public officials. They have contributed funds to endow the Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and obtained matching funds from The University of Texas System Board of Regents, building a $500,000 fund whose annual earnings are used for the teaching fellowship.

For more information contact: Julie Wimmer, 512-630-4617, or Jamin Greenbaum.