9/2/2004

Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855, dlara@ku.edu.

KUMC's Winifred Dunn latest to receive $5,000 Kemper Award

LAWRENCE -- Winifred Dunn has become the latest University of Kansas faculty member to receive a Kemper Award. Dunn is professor and chair of occupational therapy education in the School of Allied Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. The $5,000 prize recognizes excellence in teaching and advising.

Since becoming chair of the occupational therapy department in 1986, Dunn has helped move KU's program from an unknown to the eighth-highest ranked program in the nation. Her work advising and assisting doctoral candidates and graduate students has earned her the admiration of peers and students alike as an instructor who "is not an easy teacher; she is an excellent teacher."

Since the first day of classes at KU, 18 professors have received Kemper Awards. Two more presentations are scheduled Sept. 22 and 28.

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 foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper's death. It supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

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