Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award

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

Nominations due: March 1st

Nomination Form

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, including letters that have been submitted for the nominees in previous years. Nominations may be submitted through an on-line submission page, or by sending an email to chancllr@olemiss.edu or a letter to the Chancellor's Office, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677.

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.

Past and Current Recipients:

1991James VaughanMechanical Engineering
1992Daniell MatternChemistry
1996Kenneth SufkaPsychology
1998Morris H. StocksAccountancy
2003Tonya FlesherAccountancy
2005Mark WilderAccounting
2007David WillsonMusic
2008Gregory SchirmerEnglish
2009John NeffHistory
2010Kelly WilsonPsychology
2011Ethel Young-MinorEnglish
2012John O'HaverChemical Engineering
2013William BerryLaw Center
2014Ann Fisher-WirthEnglish


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