MSU an­nounces Gr­isham, Giles winners

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Two Mis­sis­sippi State Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers have been named John Gr­isham Master Teach­ers, one of the most pres­ti­gious fac­ulty awards at MSU.

The award is en­dowed by MSU alum­nus and ac­claimed nov­el­ist John Gr­isham, and was first pre­sented in 1993. It is a tribute to the class­room and in­struc­tion ex­cel­lence of MSU fac­ulty. The 2018 recipients were MSU Depart­ment of Math­e­mat­ics in­struc­tor Robert S. Banik and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory James C. “Jim” Giesen. The two have served in their po­si­tions for 11 and 12 years, re­spec­tively.

“The strengths of a great uni­ver­sity are al­ways in its peo­ple. I ex­tend the thanks of the whole uni­ver­sity to th­ese fac­ulty and staff hon­orees for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the 2017-18 aca­demic year,” said MSU Provost and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Judy Bon­ner.

At the same fac­ulty awards cer­e­mony, pro­fes­sor of wildlife ecol­ogy L. Wes Burger Jr., was des­ig­nated a Wil­liam L. Giles Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor. The award is one of the high­est to be be­stowed on MSU fac­ulty, and is based on a fac­ulty mem­ber at­tain­ing na­tional

or in­ter­na­tional sta­tus as ver­i­fied by ex­ter­nal re­view­ers in the can­di­date's spe­cific field. Burger has spent his en­tire 25-year aca­demic ca­reer at MSU and is as­so­ciate direc­tor of the Mis­sis­sippi Agri­cul­tural and Forestry Ex­per­i­ment Sta­tion and the For­est and Wildlife Re­search Cen­ter.

Sev­eral other fac­ulty and staff mem­bers were rec­og­nized in­clud­ing Brian S. Bald­win, Vergie M. Bash, Michael J. Breazeale. Richard L. Hark­ness, Kather­ine H. “Katy” Richey, Brian K. Smith and Shan­tia Yarah­ma­dian.

(Photo by Beth Wynn, MSU)

MSU Provost and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Judy Bon­ner con­grat­u­lates James C. “Jim” Giesen, re­cip­i­ent of the John Gr­isham Master Teacher Award.

(Photo by Beth Wynn, MSU)

MSU Provost and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Judy Bon­ner con­grat­u­lates Robert S. Banik, re­cip­i­ent of the John Gr­isham Master Teacher Award.

(Photo by Beth Wynn, MSU)

MSU Provost and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Judy Bon­ner con­grat­u­lates L. Wes Burger Jr., a newly-des­ig­nated Wil­liam L. Giles Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor.

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