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Five MU professors recognized for teaching excellence

 Five MU professors recognized for teaching excellence
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz walk through Francis Quad to Reynolds Journalism Institute on April 5 to present the first of the five 2016 Kemper Fellowship awards. The award is presented to the honored faculty member either during class or a meeting that will be interrupted. Jordan Kodner/Senior Staff Photographer

The William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding MU professors every spring. Recipients were presented a check for $10,000 by interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Jim Schatz, the trustee for the William T. Kemper Foundation.

The award was started in 1991 by the foundation with a gift of $500,000. The 2016 winners are being announced this week.

Earnest Perry

Earnest Perry

Journalism Professor Earnest Perry receives the first of five 2016 William T. Kemper awards in a meeting that got interrupted to surprise Perry on April 5 in Reynolds Journalism Institute. The meeting that was with many of his peers from the Journalism School. When asked what he will do with the money, Perry said that he will give it to his wife. Photo by Jordan Kodner/Photo Editor

Earnest Perry, associate professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the School of Journalism, was awarded one of five 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. Perry has been a faculty member since 2003. According to an MU News Bureau news release, He was a key player in transforming two foundation journalism courses that address issues like race and gender through new lecture techniques and discussion groups. He also helped implement the Development of Future Faculty Teaching Program in 2006, which helps prepare doctoral students to become future teachers. Perry is the advisor of MU’s National Association of Black Journalists chapter and a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. He is also the co-editor of the new textbook “Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity.” Perry received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Christian University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from MU.

Sarah Bush

Biology Professor Sarah Bush receives the second of five Kemper Fellowship awards on the morning of April 5 in Tucker Hall. She was presented a with a check for $10,000 by Jim Schatz, chairman of Commerce Bank. Photo by Jordan Kodner/Photo Editor

Associate teaching professor of biological sciences Sarah Bush has been awarded one of five 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. She teaches two general education courses in the College of Arts and Science and has been a faculty member since 2001. According to an MU News Bureau news release, Bush has received positive feedback on her teaching style from students that have taken her courses, many of whom have very little science background. John Walker, Curators Professor and Director of the Division of Biological Sciences, stated that her evaluation courses are above average compared to the scores of similar courses. Bush has received many other distinctions, including the 2015 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal behavior from Bucknell University and her doctorate in biology from University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

Alexandra Socarides

English Professor Alexandra Socarides smiles as she receives the third of five Kemper Fellowship awards on April 5. Socarides was congratulated by MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley as well as her class of graduate students before being awarded a $10,000 check, presented by a Commerce Bank executive. Photo by Libby Moeller/Staff Photographer

Alexandra Socarides is known for inspiring people and taking time to help her students, according to the news release. She joined the english department in 2007 and has taught many graduate and undergraduate courses in American literature and poetry since. she had her first book, “Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics,” published in 2012. She is now working on her second book, “Conventions of Erasure,” which discusses all the other nineteenth-century American poets that Emily Dickinson eclipsed. She earned her PhD in 2007 from Rutgers University and her MFA in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College.

Mary Beck

Professor of Clinical Law Mary Beck is receives the fourth of five Kemper Fellowship awards on April 5. Beck has been an MU faculty member since 1993 which was the same time she founded the Family Violence Clinic where her students represent victims across Missouri that wouldn't be able to get legal representation on their own. Photo by Emil Lippe/Staff Photographer

Mary Beck works in the classroom as a professor in MU’s law school and in the field as director of the Family Violence Program, a clinic that serves victims of family violence who cannot afford legal representation. She founded the program in 1993, the same year she started working at MU. According to the news release, her teaching philosophy is made up of four parts for students: solving authentic client problems, advancing social justice, collaborating with other disciplines and assuming leadership roles.

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