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'Surprise Patrol' gives out 2 more Kemper Awards; 3 left to be awarded

LAWRENCE --The "Surprise Patrol" on Tuesday gave out two more Kemper Awards for excellence in teaching and advising to University of Kansas faculty members, one of which was at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

The patrol has now given 17 of the 20 individual $5,000 Kemper Awards. One more award will be given on the Lawrence campus; two others will soon be given to unsuspecting winners at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. The committee's members include students, faculty and KU alumni. This is the sixth year in the ten-year award program. The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, established a $500,000 fund for the program. The KU Endowment Association has provided $500,000 in matching funds.

Tuesday's winners are:

James B. Carothers, professor of English
Carothers came to KU in 1970 and has been involving his students in Faulkner, Shakespeare, baseball and humor in the years since. He has also been very active in governance and administration, serving as associate dean in the College for 11 years, and chairing both the Senate Executive Committee and University Council for two terms each. He is known as a superb advisor. A colleague remarked that she has never known a better advocate for students and their issues. For many years, Jim has played an integral role in managing summer enrollment of new freshmen into the university. Carothers received his Kemper award while teaching a class at the Edwards Campus.

Stephen S. Ilardi, assistant professor of psychology
Since joining the psychology faculty in 1997, Ilardi's mastery of the large class format has become famous in the department. He has managed to incorporate a seminar-style presentation in classes with more than 300 students, thus bringing about a very high level of student participation and interaction. The "Ilardi method" is now emulated by other colleagues. His willingness to involve undergraduate students in his research has convinced many of them to pursue graduate education in psychology.


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