KU News Release


May 3, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Six faculty members to be honored at Commencement for outstanding teaching

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LAWRENCE — Six faculty members will be honored at Commencement for outstanding work in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic year with distinguished teaching awards.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Classroom Teaching annually honor faculty from the KU Medical Center for excellence in teaching. This year’s recipients are Wanda Bonnel, associate professor of nursing; Brian Petroff, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Glendon Cox, professor and chair of health policy and management.

Three faculty members from the Lawrence campus will be honored as well. Arianna Wall Postlethwait, assistant professor of social welfare, is the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award. The award, presented by the 25-year anniversary class, includes a $2,500 cash prize. It is presented annually to tenure-track faculty members.

Debra Hedden, associate professor of music, is the winner of the Byron Shutz Award. The award was founded in 1978 to honor exceptional teaching in economics and business. It was modified in 1985 to include faculty from all disciplines in alternate years. Winners receive a $4,000 cash prize and present a lecture on their topic of expertise during the fall semester.

Stephen Scott Ilardi, associate professor of psychology, will receive the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award. The award recognizes distinguished teaching, scholarship and service and carries a $5,000 cash prize.

Commencement will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, in Memorial Stadium.


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