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Awards and Honors

We have an incredible array of talent in the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations to all faculty and staff who have won an award, endowment, or a grant, or who have been recognized for your scholarly work, excellence in teaching, or community outreach.

In this edition of Dialogue, we’ve compiled several stories of success throughout the college. If you have a story we missed, please email artscicomm@utk.edu. Also, please use this email address to submit awards and recognitions for use on our website, social media platforms, and future publications.


Eldridge and Weigand Named Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17 Academic Year

Sarah Eldridge, assistant professor of German, and Krista Wiegand, associate professor of political science, are two of the five professors named as 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars at UT. Learn More


Grzywacz Named American Physical Society Fellow

Robert Grzywacz, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his work to help discover a new element on the periodic table. Learn More


Lewis Receives Two National Awards for Advancing Understanding of Race, Ethnicity

Jioni Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, received two national awards for helping to advance the understanding of race and ethnicity: Women of Color Psychology Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology. Learn More


Collins, Lyons Selected for SEC 2016-17 Academic Leadership Develop Program

Charles Collins, associate dean for academic programs, and Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Art, are two of the four UT representatives in the SEC 2016-17 Academic Leadership Development Program, which is a professional growth initiative that seeks to identify, prepare, and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. Learn More


NSF Grant Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals who received NSF grants over the past couple of months:

  • Maitreyi Das, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Nina Fefferman, associate professor, joint appointment in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Mathematics
  • Lou Gross, professor, joint appointment in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Mathematics
  • Erin Harding, professor, Department of Psychology, Beth Schussler, associate professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ohannes Karakashian, professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Tadele Mengesha, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Janice Musfeldt, Ziegler Professor of Chemistry
  • Clayton Webster, Distinguished Scientist and Professor, Department of Mathematics

NIH Grant Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals who received NIH grants over the past couple of months:

  • Fransciso Barrera, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Mariano Labrador, associate professor, and Thomas Dockendorff, senior research associate, Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

Teaching Awards

Stefanie Ohnesorg, associate professor in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, is a 2016 recipient of the American Association of Teachers of German Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools of the United States.

David Palmer, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, is the 2016 recipient of the David V. and Kathryn G. White Undergraduate Teaching Award, which rotates between the Departments of History, Philosophy, and Psychology.

In other news…

Polk Project Wins Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

UT has received a prestigious national grant to complete publication of the correspondence of James K. Polk, a Tennessean and the eleventh president of the United States. Learn More


Clarence Brown Theatre, Grist Literary Journal Receive Arts and Culture Grant

UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre and literary magazine Grist recently received grants to further their contributions to the arts in the state. Learn More


Schilling Awarded 2016 Best Journal Article Prize

During the 2016 American Political Science Association meeting, Emily Schilling, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, was awarded the 2016 Best Journal Article prize from the State Politics & Policy Section for her Political Research Quarterly article.


History News Network Features Williams Essay on Georgetown, Racial Justice in the Catholic Church

Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history, recently published an essay in History News Network examining Georgetown University’s connection to black nuns and its role in advancing racial justice in the Catholic Church. Learn More


NEH Features Van de Moortel’s Greece Excavation Project

An international team led by Aleydis Van de Moortel, professor and head of the Department of Classics, has discovered some of the earliest evidence of how aspiring leaders of Bronze Age Greece reshaped their society to set themselves apart from other people. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently featured the project. Learn More


Renowned Piano Professor Joins UT

Chih-Long Hu is the Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano in School of Music. Learn More


UT Art Professor is Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Top Fundraiser for Knoxville

Joshua Bienko, assistant professor in the School of Art, was recently named Man of the Year for being the top fundraiser for the Knoxville Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Learn More

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