- When a surprise patrol led by Chancellor Robert Hemenway
walked into classrooms during the first few days of the new semester
at KU, two of the surprised professors joked, "Does this
mean I've been fired?"
The professors knew that on the first day of classes at KU for
the past four years the chancellor has walked about the campus
making an unannounced visit to 20 professors who are selected
to receive W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, worth
What they didn't know was that they would be one of the award
winners. Kemper Fellows' names are secret until they receive
None of the 20 Kemper Fellows knew they had been selected until
they saw the chancellor, representatives of the Kemper Foundation-Commerce
Bank, Trustee, the KU Endowment Association and an assortment
of reporters and photographers coming into their classroom. Awards
were made on the first day of classes, Aug. 24, and on Aug. 25,
28 and 29.
In addition, the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank,
Trustee, and KU Endowment announced that the fellowship program
would continue for five more years. A total of $100,000 is awarded
This fall was the fifth year of the original five-year award
program. The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee,
established a $250,000 fund for the program. The KU Endowment
Association provided $250,000 in matching funds. The Kemper gift
is being renewed along with matching funds from KU Endowment.
The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize
outstanding teachers and advisers. A seven-member committee of
students, faculty and KU alumni select each year's Kemper Fellows.
The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, was
established in 1989 after Kemper's death.
The 2000 Kemper Fellows are:
- · Charles M. Berg, professor of theatre and film.
· Diane K. Boyle, associate professor of nursing.
· Michael J. Burke, M.D., director of medical student
education, KU School of Medicine-Wichita; director of psychiatry
education, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita.
· Walter A. Clark, associate professor of fine arts.
· Diane R. Fourny, associate professor of French and Italian,
and of humanities and Western civilization, and director of the
Center for European Studies.
· Estela A. Gavosto, associate professor of mathematics.
· Deborah J. Gerner, associate professor of political
science and department director for undergraduate studies and
the international studies co-major.
· Edwin W. Hecker Jr., professor of law.
· Mary Lee Hummert, associate professor of communication
· Thomas S. Krieshok, professor and chair of psychology
and research in education.
· V. Parker Lessig, Frank S. Pinet teaching professor
of business and director of undergraduate programs in business.
· Richard S. Musser, Clyde M. Reed teaching professor
of journalism and mass communications.
· Garth A. Myers, assistant professor of geography and
of African and African-American studies.
· Lawrence L. Pelletier Jr., M.D., professor of internal
medicine at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.
· Anton Rosenthal, associate professor of history.
· Robert L. Shelton, associate professor of religious
studies and university ombudsman.
· Val H. Smith, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary
· Carl J. Strikwerda, professor of history and associate
dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
· Thomas W. Volek, William Allen White Foundation teaching
professor in journalism and mass communications.
· Mary K. Zimmerman, associate professor of health policy