Congratulations to Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education and Outreach and UT professor of mathematics, who has been nominated for the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year award. The prestigious, university-level award recognizes those with outstanding records in both teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for junior faculty and students.
The award was established in 2010 by the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors. There is one winner/nominee per campus and one overall winner for the Conference. All receive an honorarium and memento from the SEC. The top recipient, the SEC Professor of the Year, is honored during the annual SEC Awards Dinner in Destin, Florida, and recognized in conjunction with the SEC Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.
To qualify for the award, an individual’s scholarly contribution or discoveries must be such that the faculty member has been acknowledged by colleagues within the discipline nationally or internationally.
The SEC Provosts comprise the selection committee charged with choosing the SEC Professor of the Year from among the SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners selected by each university.
The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards are one program included in the SECU academic initiative. SECU is the specific way the Southeastern Conference actively sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.
More information about the award is available at http://www.thesecu.com/programs/sec-faculty-achievement-awards/