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LBJ School Students Recognize Outstanding Professors With LBJ School Faculty Appreciation Awards

AUSTIN, Texas, April 25, 2011 -- On Monday, April 18 the LBJ School’s student-run Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) held its annual LBJ School Faculty Appreciation Awards ceremony. The awards recognize faculty members across six categories, including most engaging teaching style, most valuable class, and best new professor. Nominees for the awards were selected by the LBJ School’s student body, and winners were chosen by the number of nominations they received.

2011 LBJ School Faculty Appreciation Awards Recipients:

  • Best New Professor: Assistant Professor of Public Affairs William Inboden
  • Best Policy Research Project: Associate Professor of Public Affairs Kate Weaver; Associate Professor of Public Affairs Pat Wong
  • Most Helpful: Clinical Professor in Public Policy Practice Angela Evans
  • Most Engaging Teaching Style: Associate Professor of Public Affairs Pat Wong
  • Most Committed to LBJ: Associate Professor of Public Affairs Pat Wong
  • Most Valuable Class: Politics and Process by Clinical Professor in Public Policy Practice Angela Evans; Public Financial Management by Distinguished Teaching Professor of Business and Public Affairs Michael Granof

Karen Chung, a first-year MPAff student, helped organize the event.

“The awards ceremony is an expression of our gratitude to the professors who really stand out,” said Chung. “It’s important to give recognition to our faculty for the time and dedication they put into making the LBJ School the excellent learning community that it is.”

First-year MPAff student Sara Myklebust emphasized the value of the faculty’s professional experience to LBJ School students.

“They have accomplished great things in the policy world,” Myklebust said. “As students, we are lucky that they are also amazing teachers and mentors.”

Michael Granof, co-winner of the Most Valuable Class Award for Financial Management, has a joint appointment in the McCombs School of Business and is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting. Granof recognized the importance of teaching practical skills gained from experience in the policy world.

“I believe that the students find the course valuable because it provides them with knowledge and skills that will be useful both in their first jobs and their last,” Granof said. “I try to convince them that an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and finance are essential to both policy makers and managers.”

While the students credited their professors for their dedication and teaching abilities,  Angela Evans, winner of the Most Helpful Award and co-winner of the Most Valuable Class Award for Politics and Process, praised her students for helping to create a positive learning environment at the School.

“The awards are an extraordinary honor since they reflect the judgment and assessment of the students,” Evans said. “It is their concern for each other, their commitment to make this world a better place, and their willingness to probe issues and think critically that deserves recognition. They offer me a front row seat in this quest.”

 William Inboden, winner of the Best New Professor Award, also thanked his students for their efforts in the classroom.

“This award is a profound honor, but I think it really reflects what wonderful students we have here at the LBJ School,” Inboden said. “I have found teaching and working with them to be a constant source of inspiration, stimulation, and joy.”

BY Zach Child