University Names Cherry Award Professors For 1998Jan. 21, 1998
WACO, Texas - Baylor University has named Dr. Paul G. Ashdown, professor of journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Dr. Robert Huntley Bell, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Williams College, as the recipients of the 1998 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers.
The men were selected on the basis of their extraordinary teaching abilities, record of positive, inspiring and long-lasting effects on students, and national and international achievements. Each recipient will be awarded $12,500 and will give a week-long series of lectures at Baylor.
Ashdown received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and his doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 1977, Ashdown taught journalism at the University of Southern Colorado, the University of Toledo and Western Kentucky University. He also worked as a reporter for the Gainesville Sun and United Press International.
While at the University of Tennessee, Ashdown has served as assistant and acting associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Communications and as acting director of the school of journalism.
The winner of numerous awards and honors, Ashdown was selected in 1997 for Who's Who in the Media and Communications and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. Additionally, he was named the Chancellor's Teacher-Scholar from 1995-1997 and was awarded the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991.
Ashdown will present his lecture series in the spring of 1999.
Bell graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and received his master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He has been a member of the faculty at Williams College in Massachusetts since 1972. Currently, Bell serves as director of the Project for Effective Teaching and as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Williams College.
An expert on James Joyce and John Milton, Bell is a frequent presenter at academic conferences and has served as editor-in-chief of the Berkshire Review and as a reader for Cornell University Press, Columbia University Press and the University of Florida Press.
In 1989, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, and in 1994 he was named Exemplary Teacher by the American Association of Higher Education.
Bell will present his series of lectures this fall.
Robert Foster Cherry graduated from Baylor in 1929 and entered the Baylor Law School in 1932, passing the state bar exam the following year. Before his death, he established the awards to honor great teachers and to expose Baylor students to the world's greatest teachers.
For more information on the awards, contact Linda McGregor at (254) 710-2923