The first of 20 surprise classroom visits from KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and other university officials began yesterday as they handed out $5,000 awards for teaching excellence.
The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, established a $250,000 fund for the award in 1996. The KU Endowment Association provided $250,000 in matching funds.
The award recognizes outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. The surprise patrol will make visits to other Lawrence, Edwards campus and KU Medical Center faculty today, tomorrow and on several days next week.
The winners surprised Thursday were Fred Rodriguez, associate professor of education; Christopher Haufler, professor of botany; Dennis Prater, professor of law; Jon Swindell, associate professor of design; Michael Doughty, associate professor of pharmacy; Cheryl Lester, associate professor of American studies and English; Linda Stone-Ferrier, professor of art history; and William B. Tuttle, Jr., professor of history and American studies.