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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. David G. Craig, University of Tennessee-Knoxville professor of human ecology, has been named the 1996 higher education teacher of the year by the Tennessee Education Association.

Craig, who trains teachers, has been active in teaching, research and service in the colleges of agriculture, education and human ecology for more than 30 years.

“Dr. Craig has demonstrated versatility, excellence and caring during his 35-plus years in teacher-education,” said Dr. Peter Dean, head of the College of Human Ecology’s department of human resource development.

“He has taught workshops and classes from Memphis to Mountain City. He has supervised student-teachers or interns in more than 100 schools across the state.”

Craig’s teaching specialties include instructional design, teaching methods, audiovisual technology and computer-based training. His research has focused on trends in vocational-teacher supply and demand, and horticultural curriculum development.

Within the last eight years, Craig has taught and worked in Germany, Mexico and China. He has published a wide variety of articles, speeches and instructional materials.

Craig plans to retire this year.

Recipients of the award must demonstrate excellence in the classroom, professional merit and participation in professional, community and political activities. Letters of recommendation from peers and statements of educational philosophy also are judged.

Contact: Karen Owen (423-974-3385)