Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

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Richard Meier and Victoria Rodriguez
Richard Meier receives his award from Graduate Dean Victoria Rodriguez

Richard Meier receives his 2005 award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching from Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Victoria Rodríguez

RICHARD P. MEIER, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, his master's from Washington University, and his doctoral degree from the University of California, San Diego.  He has been a member of the UT faculty since 1986 and currently serves as Director of the American Sign Language Program and Principal Investigator of the Sign Language Acquisition Projects, in addition to being active in the Department of Psychology.  Dr. Meier's professional interests include psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sign language, and the acquisition of sign language as a first language.

Dr. Meier's international reputation in the area of sign language has attracted the top students to the university's doctoral program in linguistics, including many students from abroad and a number of deaf students.  His students cite both his enthusiastic support of their research and his successful efforts in helping them secure fellowships and grants.  Many of Dr. Meier's students have achieved academic success as leaders in the field of sign language.

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