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Outstanding Faculty Honored

Photography by Justin Fox Burks

Three faculty received Rhodes’ highest faculty honors for outstanding teaching and research at the April 30 Awards Convocation.

Professors Gordon Bigelow and Judith Haas, co-director of postgraduate fellowships Gordon Bigelow, associate professor of English, received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. It is given to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated excellence in teaching over the previous three years as determined by the assessments of students and colleagues, the effective use of imaginative and creative pedagogy, and motivating students to embrace a life of continuing study.      

Day Foundation trustee Richard Buchignani, Dean Michael Drompp, Professors Terry Hill and Darlene Loprete, President Troutt and Day Foundation trustee William G. GriesbeckTerry Hill, professor of Biology, and Darlene Loprete, professor of Chemistry, received the Clarence Day Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative activity. The award is presented to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated that research and/or creative activity is an integral part of his or her vocation and who has published or performed outstanding works over the previous three years that have gained scholarly recognition or critical acclaim. This is the first year corecipients have been named.

Clarence Day in 2003

Clarence Day

The Day Awards, first given in 1981, were established by Memphis businessman Clarence Day ’52, who died Oct. 9, 2009. They are provided by the Day Foundation. “Mr. Day was a lifelong learner. He had many passions, including a deep appreciation for art and a love of history, which connected him closely to Rhodes and its mission,” said Dean Drompp. “He understood the work of the faculty in its many facets, and was, I know, very pleased by their accomplishments.”