Joseph Trahern, a professor at UT for over 20 years, was dually recognized

for his contributions to the university at Wednesday's Chancellor's Honors


Trahern was named the Macebearer, the highest faculty honor, and UT

National Alumni Distinguished Service Professor.

Trahern, who is on research leave this semester, came to UT from the

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, said Allen Carroll, professor

and head of UT's English department.

"He's one of the eminences of the department and of the university,"

Carroll said.

Trahern was head of the English department from 1977 to 1987, he said.

Being one of the most experienced people in the department, Trahern is

always glad to help with anything he can, Carroll said. Trahern has chaired

several search committees, bringing noted people into the university,

including Wayne Bailey, head of the music department.

"He's done a lot for the university and for the department," Carroll said,

"He's widely known."

Carroll said he nominated Trahern for both awards because he thought he was

deserving of some recognition, especially in his "twilight years" at the


"Any compliment to him is a compliment to us," Carroll said.

Also awarded at the banquet:

Professor of Law Neil

Cohen and professor of veterinary medicine Sharon Patton were named to

UT-Knoxville Distinguished Service Professorships.

Harry McSween, professor

of geological sciences, won the Alexander Prize. Named for Lamar and Honey

Alexander, the award recognizes both good teaching and research


Faculty cited for

research and creative achievement were physics professor Carrol Bingham,

religious studies professor David Dungan, chemistry professor Charles

Feigerle, ecology and evolutionary biology professor Louis Gross,

psychology professor Leonard Handler, botany professor Beth Mullin, ecology

and evolutionary biology professor Stuart Pimm, and mathematics professor

Jan Rosinski.

Faculty recognized for

professional promise in research and creative achievement were chemistry

professor Mark Dadmun, religious studies professor Mark Hulsether, botany

professor Massimo Pigliucci, physics professor Hanno Weitering, and

psychology professor Deborah Welsh.

Anne McIntyre, professor

of psychology, was awarded the UT National Alumni Association public

service award.

Otis Stephens, associate

dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, was the 1999 L.R. Hesler Award


1999 UT National Alumni

Outstanding Teaching Awards went to history professor Stephen Ash,

agricultural engineering professor William Hart, mechanical and aerospace

engineering and engineering science professor Christopher Pionke, and

veterinary medicine professor Daniel Ward.

Excellence in Teaching

awards went to political science professor Michael Fitzgerald, mathematics

professor Lawrence Husch, mechanical and aerospace engineering and

engineering science professor Allen Yu, geological sciences professor

Marvin Bennett, music professor Benjamin Boone, and architecture professor

Randolph Jones.

Excellence in Advising

awards went to Melissa Groves in child and family studies, Suzan Murphy in

finance, and Don Williams in ornamental horticulture and landscape


Graduate students

recognized for excellence in the classroom were Glenn Coffey in sociology,

Joy Drinnonin psychology, Jo Allen Edwins in English, Joseph Hill in

geological sciences, Allison Jennings in nutrition and hotel management and

Ashley McKeown in anthropology.