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Commencement 2007

Faculty, teaching assistants honored for work in graduate education

Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, honored eight students and 10 faculty members for their contributions to graduate education in an April 25 ceremony in the Burge Union.

Recipients of $1,250 Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards are: Tera Lee Hedrick, history of art; Karla Knutson, English; and Joe Sommers, English.

Recipients of $500 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards are: Eli Beracha, business, Anne Dotter, humanities and western civilization; David Peavler, history; and Regina Peszat, French and Italian.

Elizabeth Legerski, sociology, earned an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and the $1,000 Distinguished Service Award.

The Graduate School Dean's Award recognizes faculty members' work in graduate education.

The Graduate School has presented the award since 1996. This year's honorees are: John Ferraro, professor and chair of the hearing and speech program at the KU Medical Center; Steve Himes, executive director of the Graduate and Professional Association; Susan Kemper, a Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Psychology; Jim Lichtenberg, associate dean of the School of Education; Allen Rawitch, dean of graduate studies at the KU Medical Center; and Susan Twombly, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented the Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award to Joann Keyton, professor of communication studies; Robert Timm, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Robert Rowland, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Steinmetz presented the John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award to Craig Lunte, professor of chemistry.

Carlin endowed the Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, which was first presented in 1993. The Graduate School sponsors the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, which was started in 1990, and the Distinguished Service Award, which has been awarded for more than 25 years.

Teaching assistants were nominated by students and departments and programs throughout the university. A selection committee chose winners based on their commitment to teaching, departmental and student comments and level of responsibility.

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