Applauding excellence in teaching

A photo of the 2023 Kemper Fellows
(Left to right) 2023 Kemper Fellows Beth Whitaker, S. David Mitchell, Christopher Josey, Lee Manion and Lea Ann Lowery.

Today is World Teachers’ Day, and I’m proud to recognize Mizzou’s incredible faculty and their commitment to our students and state.

One of the many ways we honor their dedication is through awards for faculty accomplishments in the classroom. Our highest campus-level teaching award is the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Applications are open now and include input from students and the MU community. Other opportunities include the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Teachingthe Maxine Christopher Shutz Award and Lecture for Distinguished Teaching and the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Starting this week, faculty also can nominate their colleagues for UM System honors for teaching and research, such as Curators’ Distinguished Professorships, the Thomas Jefferson Award and the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship.

These awards celebrate our incredible faculty as they change the world and prepare the next generation of leaders. We’re pleased to show our appreciation today and throughout the year.

— Mun