Aug. 23, 2004

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Three more professors surprised with Kemper Awards; nine left to go

LAWRENCE -- Three more University of Kansas professors were given $5,000 Kemper Awards by the "Surprise Patrol" this morning for excellence in teaching and advising.

So far, 11 professors have received 2004 Kemper Awards. Twenty professors in all will be honored and $100,000 will be distributed with Kemper Awards. The other award winners will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 24; Wednesday, Aug. 25; Wednesday, Sept. 1; and Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Now in the ninth year of a 10-year program, the awards were established by a $500,000 fund from the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank-Trustee, and $500,000 in matching funds from the KU Endowment Association.

The William T. Kemper Foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper's death. The foundation is dedicated to continuing Kemper's lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life. The foundation supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

Names and biographies of today's winners are:

Danny Anderson, professor and chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Anderson earned both his master's and his Ph.D. from KU in Spanish and joined the faculty in 1988. His peers and graduate students praise Anderson for his academically demanding classes as well as his dedication as an advisor. One colleague said Anderson "has undertaken some of his most creative teaching ventures while shouldering the responsibilities of department chair in hard economic times."

Monica Biernat, professor of psychology
Biernat came to KU in 1992 after earning a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan and teaching at the University of Florida. Described by colleagues as a caring professor whose graduate teaching and advising is of exceptional quality and quantity, Biernat currently serves not only as a mentor to many graduate students but as director of the Ph.D. program in social psychology. A distinguished researcher, Biernat has published widely with a number of graduate and undergraduate co-authors.

David Cateforis, associate professor of art history
Cateforis joined the KU faculty after graduating with a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University in 1992. Selected as the Archie and Nancy Dykes award recipient for Outstanding Classroom Teaching in 2000, Cateforis was nominated for the Kemper Award in part because of his "enthusiasm, humor, and tireless efforts on behalf of his students" as an instructor and advisor. Cateforis has published and edited several articles and catalogues as well as having served as curator for a number of exhibits at the Spencer Museum of Art.


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