Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award

Sponsored by: The family of Elsie M. Hood, the Alumni Association, and the Chancellor's Office

Nomination deadline: March 1st

Nominations: Each nomination should be from a single person and include reasons why the nominee should receive the award, including examples of exceptional teaching.

Eligibility: Assistant, associate, and full professors, except for previous recipients.

Selection Criteria: Nominations may be submitted by faculty, students, and alumni to the Chancellor's Office. The selection committee is comprised of eight previous recipients, along with the director of Alumni Affairs and a student representative. Criteria include nominating letters that describe examples of exceptional teaching, letters that have been submitted for the nominees in previous years, and a supporting statement not to exceed 500 words.

Recognition: In addition to the monetary prize of $5,000, the recipient receives a personal plaque and his or her name is engraved on a permanent plaque in the chancellor's office.

About the Award: In 1965, the Faculty Senate of the University of Mississippi proposed to Chancellor J. D. Williams a program of recognition and awards for superior teaching. The Chancellor agreed, and a selection committee of faculty representing the various Schools and Colleges was elected by the University faculty in the fall of 1965. In the spring of 1966, the committee solicited nominations for an Outstanding Teacher Award from faculty, students, and alumni, requesting from nominators "a supporting statement not to exceed 500 words." Vice Chancellor W. Alton Bryant suggested that the award be presented on Honors Days and announced during Commencement exercises, and this has remained the policy to this day.

The selection committee is composed of eight previous recipients, along with the director of Alumni Affairs and a student representative. The committee looks for nominating letters that describe examples of inspirational teaching, and also considers letters that have been submitted for the nominees in previous years.

More information contact: John O'Haver (2012 recipient)

Past and Current Recipients:

  • 2013 William Berry - Law
  • 2012 John O'Haver - Chemical Engineering
  • 2011 Ethel Young-Minor - English
  • 2010 Kelly Wilson - Psychology
  • 2009 John Neff - History
  • 2008 Gregory Schirmer - English
  • 2007 David Willson - Music
  • 2006 Laurdella Foulkes-Levy - Music
  • 2005 Mark Wilder - Accountancy
  • 2004 Wade Waters - Pharmacology
  • 2003 Tonya Flesher - Accountancy
  • 2002 Ron G. Dale - Art
  • 2001 Ronald A. Schroeder - English
  • 2000 Faye Gilbert - Business Administration
  • 1999 Mary Stuckey - Political Science
  • 1998 Morris H. Stocks - Accountancy
  • 1997 Colby Kullman - English
  • 1996 Kenneth Sufka - Psychology
  • 1995 Billy Barrios - Psychology
  • 1994 Robert Weems - Law
  • 1993 Raymond Liebau - Music
  • 1992 Daniell Mattern - Chemistry
  • 1991 James Vaughan - Mechanical Engineering
  • 1990 David Sansing - History
  • 1989 Phil Malone - Finance
  • 1988 William Staton - Mathematics
  • 1987 Natalie Schroeder - English
  • 1986 Guthrie Abbott - Law
  • 1985 James Davis - Accountancy
  • 1984 Jeanette Phillips - Home Economics
  • 1983 J. Ronald Bartlett - Modern Languages
  • 1982 William Champion - Law
  • 1981 Kwang Yun - Chemistry
  • 1980 John Winkle - Political Science
  • 1979 James Mengert - English
  • 1978 Vaughn Grisham - Sociology
  • 1977 Harvey Lewis - Economics
  • 1976 C.N. Jones - Chemistry
  • 1975 Gloria Kellum - Communicative Disorders
  • 1974 Jere Hoar - Journalism
  • 1973 Paul Oliver - Economics
  • 1972 Ronald Borne - Medicinal Chemistry
  • 1971 Miklos Bencze - Music
  • 1970 Wilbrod St. Amand - Biology
  • 1969 Joel Blass - Law
  • 1968 Gene Peery - Accountancy
  • 1967 Frank Anderson - Chemical Engineering
  • 1966 William Eickhorst - Modern Languages

 

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