The University of Georgia has honored five faculty members with its highest recognition for excellence in instruction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
The Meigs Professorship underscores the university's commitment to excellence in teaching, the value placed on the learning experiences of students and the centrality of instruction to the university's mission. The award includes a permanent salary increase of $6,000 and a one-year discretionary fund of $1,000.
"This year's Meigs Professors create experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that challenge students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, whose office sponsors the award. "Their commitment to students helps make the University of Georgia one of the nation's very best public universities."
The 2017 Meigs Professors are:
- James "Jeb" Byers, professor and associate dean of administrative affairs and research in the Odum School of Ecology.
- Markus Crepaz, professor and head of the international affairs department in the School of Public and International Affairs.
- John Maerz, professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources,
- Annette Poulsen, Augustus H. "Billy" Sterne Professor of Banking and Finance in the Terry College of Business.
- Karen Miller Russell, associate professor of public relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Meigs Professors are nominated by their school or college and chosen by a committee consisting of 12 faculty members, two undergraduate students and one graduate student. More information about the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships is online.