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April 13, 2001 - VOL. 28, NO. 05

Friar Society cites Carver for teaching excellence



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The Friar Society of UT Austin has awarded the 15th annual Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship to Dr. Larry D. Carver, associate dean for student affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.

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 University's largest award for undergraduate teaching excellence.

Friar Society member Amanda Babcock, a graduate student in communications sciences and disorders in the College of Communication, said Carver, a professor of English, was chosen "because he reaches students in his classroom through his tireless efforts to ensure that material is accessible, interesting and relevant. He challenges his students to revel in great books."

The Friar Society, founded in 1911, is UT Austin's oldest and most respected honor society. With this fellowship, it recognizes professors who go above and beyond the call of duty in reaching out to undergraduate students.

The society, comprised of 14 students, 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.

Friar Society spokesmen noted that Carver reaches students through his efforts as associate dean for student affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, working to increase its advising staff and improve the summer orientation program for incoming students. He helps the Office of Admissions in recruiting efforts and coordinates the academic side of the University’s provisional program.

Selection committee members found that Carver has played a key role in helping prepare students who have received such prestigious awards as the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman scholarships.

Seven UT Austin students have won the prestigious Truman Scholarship since Carver became chair of the Truman Scholarship Committee.

"Dean Carver’s work with the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program, the Junior Fellows Program and the creation of the Academy of Future Teachers further highlights his passion to help students grow and develop their abilities to their fullest," Babcock said. "In his 28 years at the University, Dean Carver has served with dignity and compassion. He has been a terrific influence — shaping the minds and hearts of so many through his persistence, his patience and unwavering commitment to the finest ideals of the University."

Friar Society student members on the selection committee spent four months reviewing several thousand pages of materials, including student evaluations.

"Dean Carver’s commitment to, and effectiveness in, undergraduate teaching and student development greatly impressed the committee and we are proud to recognize him as our 2001 – 2002 Friar Fellow," Babcock said.

The selection committee also had high praise for four finalists for the fellowship, including Dr. Jan Todd, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and health education; Dr. David Heymann, an associate professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture; Dr. Raymond Davis, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry; and Dr. Rosa Eberly, an associate professor in the division of rhetoric and composition.


April 13, 2001
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