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KNOXVILLE — Faculty in the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences were recognized recently at the college’s annual Convocation.

Timothy W. Hiles


Timothy W. Hiles


Bonnie K. A. Gould, associate professor of theatre, and Timothy W. Hiles, associate professor of art, were presented the Advising Services Awards for excellence, innovation and creative approaches in advising undecided majors.

Faculty Public Service Awards went to Dr. Jesse H. Poore, professor of computer science, and Dr. Arthur C. Echternacht, professor of ecology.

Poore was honored specifically for his contributions in 1999, when he served as an expert resource for issues related to Y2K for the media, computer professionals and the public.

Echternacht won the award for a distinguished career in public service. He has conducted scores of educational talks — most involving live animals — and eco-tours for church groups, civic clubs and schools since coming to UT in 1975.

Dr. Michael L. Keene, professor of English, won the Senior Faculty Teaching Award for his work coaching students’ writing skills, preparing them for dissertations and other projects, and connecting them with publication and employment opportunities.

Dr. Misty G. Anderson, assistant professor of English, received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award for her energetic, vibrant teaching style in promoting interest and learning in the classroom.

The Senior Faculty Research and Creative Achievement Award went to Dr. Leonard Handler, a psychology professor known worldwide for his research in psychotherapy and personality assessment. He directs UT’s Psychological Clinic and received the Chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Award in 1999.

Dr. Larry D. McKay, associate professor of geology, was recipient of the Junior Faculty Research and Creative Achievement Award for his studies of groundwater contamination and his graduate program in hydrogeology.

Winners of the Scholars-in-the-Schools Award were Dr. Andrew Kramer, associate professor and head of anthropology, and Cary Staples, professor of art. Faculty in the program work 8-12 hours a week with K-12 teachers in a Knox County School.

Kramer’s work included helping prepare teacher interns in UT’s College of Education to teach high school science classes. Staples taught design through art and technology at Powell Elementary School.

Convocation Marshall was Dr. Jan Simek, professor of anthropology.