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August 25, 2005 | Kemper Day 5
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855

4 more professors receive $5K Kemper Awards for teaching excellence; 1 left

LAWRENCE -- Two School of Medicine faculty members and associate professors in art history and political science are the latest recipients of $5,000 Kemper Awards, given to recognize excellence in teaching and advising.

So far, 19 professors have received Kemper Awards. Twenty professors in all will be honored and $100,000 in total distributed.

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 10th year, 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 KUEA. The William T. Kemper 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.

The latest winners are:

Don Haider-Markel, associate professor of political science
In the seven years Haider-Markel has taught at KU, he has been in high demand among students for his willingness to go the extra mile. He is not afraid to give his time and support to students working on projects, and his door is always open to those who want advice or just want to talk.


Robert H. Lee
, associate professor of health policy and management
Lee's mantra for 13 years at KU has been "It is not about me." He strives to get his students involved by welcoming questions and making them active in his lectures. Lee also likes to help guide students in their class projects by taking on the role of mentor instead of grader, so he can make sure students are active in the learning process.

Amy McNair, associate professor of art history
McNair has been teaching at KU for 12 years. She believes that her role as a professor is to serve as a mentor and as a peer, not an authority figure. She also strives to enhance her students' learning by helping them understand the importance of art in the world and using her spare time to schedule and plan numerous trips to art museums.

Scott Moser, associate professor of family and community medicine
Moser has been preparing future doctors for seven years at KU. He encourages his students to develop their own style and prepares them for the rapid changes in the field of medicine. Moser also helps students ready themselves for what life as a doctor is like by sharing many of his own experiences with them. He believes that teaching is a learning process and strives every day to improve to better serve his students.

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