Aug. 29, 1997
Charlene L. Muehlenhard, associate professor of psychology and of women's studies looks as if she's doing a "high five" after receiving her Kemper Fellowship Aug. 21. In the background are two members of the "surprise patrol," James B. Martin, president of the KU Endowment Association, and Sally Frost Mason, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Later that day, Frost Mason was surprised to receive her own Kemper Fellowship.
Each Kemper winner receives $5,000
For the second year, KU's surprise patrol paid surprise visits to classrooms to present faculty members with W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.
Sixteen faculty members received awards on the Lawrence campus Aug. 21, 22 and 25 and four at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., this week.
The effort is part of a five-year project to recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU.
Each of the honored teachers received $5,000. The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, established a $250,000 fund to help finance the program. The KU Endowment Association provided $250,000 in matching funds.
"This is just one way in which KU is recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching and student advising," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. "These Kemper awardees exemplify what it takes to be a great research university dedicated to student learning.
A seven-member selection committee, comprising KU faculty members and students and a KU alumnus, chose the Kemper fellows after reviewing nomination materials prepared and submitted by colleagues and students.
The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee was established in 1989 after Mr. Kemper's death.
Award recipients were
For teaching and advising at the freshman-sophomore level
For teaching and advising in the academic major
For teaching and advising at the graduate level
For teaching and advising in public outreach
Faculty members receiving awards at the Medical Center were