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,"
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
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
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
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
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.
Tahern honored for teaching, named UT's new Macebearer
Published: Fri Apr 16, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.