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Here's some nice things that real students have said about real professors.

Kevin Stevens

Kevin is always available for help and guidance. He looks at the design process holistically; he is always down for thesis-based design but also challenges his students to show how it can be actually realized through development of details and thoughtfully integrated systems. He also encourages students to engage precedents and case studies as a means of choosing best practices when it comes to difficult design decisions. This synthesis of design and integrated systems, along with his deep knowledge of precedents, challenges students to produce architecture that functions well aesthetically, functionally, and programmatically.

Mark Stanley

Mark is helpful and insightful and makes you think of things in a way that you normally wouldn't. He pushes us to work hard and pay close attention to the details in our work. He also has a fantastic sense of humor and gives good lectures.
I've never thought I would learn so much in the first 4 weeks of a studio. Thanks, Mark.

Russell Crook

Russell is always willing to give his time to see how your doing. In a world where it is difficult not to be performance-driven, Russell is purely motivated by helping and caring about those around him. He has been a great adviser, and I appreciate his efforts to make me a better student!

Thanks Russell!

Anne Smith

Anne has been a consistent beacon of support throughout my time at UT. She was crucial in helping me see my career path and feeling confident in working towards it. She is an excellent leader who truly cares about those she is leading!

Thanks Anne!

David Gras

David renews my enthusiasm every time I see him! He has given countless opportunities which have enriched my education greatly, and consistently motivates me to be passionate about what I do.

Thanks, David!

Dave Williams

Working on a PhD has been the most challenging experience of my life; without Dave to clear my path, I would have no chance of making it through! He is an excellent mentor who leads by example, and someone whom I hope to emulate later in my career.

Thanks Dave!

Liz White

Liz you are great at what you do!! You were very patient when you were training me. Thanks for be there for me!!

Dr Mixon

Dr Mixon is not only a kind, caring and compassionate doctor, he is also a great detective. The details just jump out at him and he is able to diagnosis those hard cases! I am privileged to be his nurse. Thanks for being kind and caring to your patients and co workers!

Julie Brannum

Julie goes above and beyond helping her patients and co workers when ever she can. She is the best!! Thanks Julie for being there for me.

Rachel McCord

Dr. McCord is such an inspiring person. I am truly lucky to be able to know her.

Mona Papes

Mona is my Master's adviser and she always goes above and beyond to help me with my research and classes. She constantly goes out of her way to make sure that I'm having the best graduate experience that I can. Her empathy and kindness has made this experience that much better. Thank you for all you do, Mona!

Renee D’Elia-Zunino

Renee goes out of her way to assist students who are struggling to find their way in her class. With her upper level classes, she is extremely helpful to all of her students and cares about their interests in addition to her class topics.

Salvatore DiMaria

Sal’s passion for Italy and its culture is amazing. I am in his Italian opera class and he goes above and beyond to make sure we are always engaged, that we know what’s going on, and that we are progressing with our knowledge of the language.

Charlie Parker

Thank you Mr. Parker for being so proactive in our program and striving to continually grow the program. Your effort to align our program with actively hiring companies shows how much you strive to prepare us for the future. You have built our program into what it is today and you have made the program very enjoyable. Your teaching method makes it easy to learn and a more enjoyable experience in the classroom.

Scottie McDaniel

Scottie set an awesome pace between production and room to explore. She always has time for us despite teaching other classes and taking care of her legitimate children. Best studio ever.

Rana Abudayyeh

Rana always goes above and beyond to see her students succeed and excel. She's devoted to her job and most of all, passionate about teaching design! Her approach to design is always the perfect mix of a liberating yet challenging experience. Her support is admired and so very appreciated. Much love to you Rana.

Salvatore Di Maria

Sal is an amazing teacher - he really focuses on what will improve a students enjoyment and learning in his classes. I've taken two of his upper level classes in Italian, and I've enjoyed both them immensely: he really knows what he's talking about.

Cindy Welch

Dr. Welch's expertise in her subject matter is matched only by her enthusiasm. Not only does she know and love what she's talking about, she is a skilled teacher and truly cares more about student learning outcomes than anything else.

David Butler

He's my master's thesis advisor, and he always gives me something new to think about!

Tyler Wall

Dr. Wall encourages everyone to question the systems around them and to practice reflective thought. Dr. Wall upholds high standards of open dialogue and creates a classroom environment which I look forward to being in every class. He has helped me to understand a lot about the criminal justice system as well as helped me to be more knowledgeable and reflective about important and current issues. Thank you for all that you do Dr. Wall!!

Peiling Wang

On the first day of class, Dr Wang gave us some of the best advice I have ever received, for the class, for our program, and for life. Remember the Three Ps: Patience, Perseverance, Poise. No matter what obstacles we face, we should be Patient with ourselves and others, we should Persevere, because difficult times don't last forever, and we should meet all situations with Poise. I've had the Three Ps posted at my desk for almost 10 years. Thank you, Dr Wang!

Lauren Whitnah

Dr. Whitnah upholds standards that embody learning and encourage self discipline! Dr. Whitnah reminds her students every day that university life and learning are important and that they should be valued. I love how Dr. Whitnah upholds high standards in her classroom. She makes the students who do what they are supposed to do as a part of a university feel important and recognized. Thank you Dr. Whitnah for all that you do!!

Elizabeth East

Dr. East makes everyone feel not only welcome, but also important! Dr. East challenges everyone in her class to think about the bounds our society has put on their individuality, and encourages one to explore themselves on a level most could never even imagine. I thoroughly enjoyed class everyday with her and hope that I get to take another class with her one day! Thank you Dr. East for being you!!

Harry Dahms

Awesome lecturer who really makes one think about society's and your current position! Dr. Dahms creates the most intellectual environment in his class by demonstrating and encouraging reflective thought! Dr. Dahms has helped me to understand what I am most passionate about and encouraged me to pursue that which! He has advised me to be my best self and has truly made me feel welcome and important at UT. I could not imagine where I would be without Dr. Dahms, the best professor and advisor I know!

Sam Von Mizener

Professor Von Mizener teaches and learns with his students unlike many professors. Von Mizener lectures on topics relating to both the past, present, and future, meaning that his class is engaging and interesting each and every day! Professor Von Mizener truly helped me to understand philosophy, and strengthen my personal values some including education, kindness, and tolerance. One of my favorite professors and one of the absolute best professors at UT!!!

Joel Crombez

Professor Crombez creates an open and welcoming classroom environment that allows everyone to feel like they can discuss and comment. He also makes his love for the subject of sociology contagious; offering multiple viewpoints so that everyone in the class takes something away each day! One of my favorite, and one of the best professors at UT!!!

Salvatore DiMaria

Sal goes above and beyond by instilling a love for learning in each of his students and creating a fun atmosphere in the classroom!

Bailee Harris

Sal is a challenging teacher but cares so much about his students that he goes above and beyond to teach us new things every day. My life has been impacted because of him and my other Italian teachers that's I am so grateful for.

Suzie Allard

For the entire time I have known her, Dr. Allard has been a mentor and advocate. I cannot put into words just how much her compassion and guidance has meant to me. Seriously, prose fails to express my appreciation.

Thank you so much for everything.

Tanya Arnold

She is not technically a faculty member, but Tanya Arnold in SIS helps keep everyone in line and on schedule whether they be students, faculty, or other stakeholders. We would all be loss without her input!

Steve Bales

Dr. Bales encourages students to call him Steve at the end of their semesters, embracing the idea that these students are "graduating" from the foundational courses of the program and joining him as professionals in the field. He is available to discuss student career interests, share his own experience, and encourages collegial networking by bringing in librarians from around the country into his classes.

Bharat Mehra

Dr. Mehra truly listens to his students and works with them to achieve their goals. He wants students to feel like information professionals as they should. He solicits their opinions in class, is willing to work with them over the summer on research, and is always finding ways to give back to the profession.

Devendra Potnis

Dr. Potnis encourages his students to continuously push themselves and grow professionals by having his GTAs as co-authors, encouraging students to participate in conferences/symposiums, and connecting students to job opportunities when applicable.

Ed Schilling

Dr. Schilling prepares snacks and music for every lecture that go along with the day’s lesson. He always tries to make the lecture interesting and present the material in a fun way. You can tell he’s passionate about what he does and it makes class so much more enjoyable. He also takes us on field trips sometimes that get us out of the classroom and give a new perspective to the lesson. He really does go above and beyond for his class! Thanks for making my mornings a little brighter, Dr. Schilling!

Sal Di Maria

Sal, you have been the most fun and inspiring colleague in these past 20 years! Your honesty and wit, energy and enthusiasm motivate me every day.

Dr. Suzanne Prentiss

Dr. Prentiss is a thoughtful and enthusiastic individual who created a course, CMST 400, to alleviate anxiety caused by delivering oral presentations. Speech anxious students and faculty can come to CCI's Public Speaking Center intending to relieve stress through story-sharing, building trusting relationships with peer consultants, and participating in confidence strengthening activities. This course also created the opportunity to validate a student's expertise in public speaking through certification. Her efforts in obtaining external sources to fund the program proves her dedication and strong passion to help mold and shape effective communicators.

Cindy Welch

I currently take two DE classes from Dr. W and she is ALWAYS excited about the material and encouraging of the many students in both her classes. Her enthusiasm is contagious and makes for a very enjoyable class experience.

Susan Kalisz

Always taking the time to lead the department with a combination of strength and empathy. Always being considerate of individual's private difficulties.
She is the best!

Dr. Robin Nicks

Dr. Nicks is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning under. I took her English 198 class last semester and arranged my whole schedule for this semester around making sure I could take her 298. She clearly loves her job, is professional but incredibly engaging, and makes even the boring parts of English interesting. Best English prof ever!!!

Joe Bailey

Joe was the best Spanish 211 teacher I ever had! I had to take the class 3 times, but third times the charm! Dr. Bailey put so much effort into teaching, I learned so much from him. Realmente no puedo recordar si él me enseñó algo que yo no sabía.

William Klingeman

Dr. Klingeman is not only an extremely intelligent and accomplished professor, but also such a great person. I worked with him in a lab, and he was the most patient with me. He was always so calm and never flustered, but also quick to give research advice and talk about ideas. Also, there have been many times that he has done something that expresses care for his students' well-being, such as having a genuine conversation or helping us find jobs. I will never forget his personable, caring nature. Thanks, Dr. K!

Jennifer Kathleen Resendes

I had Jen for Spanish 223, which was a difficult course. Despite my class's hesitance to speak up and excel at Spanish, Dr. Resendes was always extremely patient and kind. She would never get flustered when we were slow or lacking in our skills. But what made her class so special was how much she genuinely cared about us. Jen would push back due dates, reschedule quizzes, etc. when some people were ill or absent so they wouldn't be behind. She always tried to make us smile and laugh when we wore frowns. She gave advice about life unrelated to Spanish class, and recommended great ways to be less stressed and keep up with our courseloads. Everytime I have ran into her since class, I have been met with a warm smile and a genuine conversation from someone who cares. I will never forget how hard she tried with my class and the love she showed to us. Thank you so much, Jen! You were of my top three favorite teachers at UT throughout my entire undergraduate career.

Elisabeth Schussler

Awesome mentor, always providing a wise sounding-board for the going-on's of my academic career. I appreciate the way she challenges and encourages me and the lab as a whole. She creates a lab atmosphere that is supportive of critical & creative thinking for research, while emphasizing meaningful collaborations. Thank you, Beth!

Stanley Guffey

Really cared about LEARNING and what that involves

Neil Greenberg

I had Dr. Greenberg for a course titled "Art and Organism," which in itself was mesmerizing and eye-opening. Dr. Greenberg made it more amazing by being an outstanding speaker and friend to his students. He was never frustrated by questions or complicated debates from his students. Furthermore, he was quick to offer advice and guidance to all of his students, and really meant it. I know I can go to him with any question or concern and he would be happy to talk with me. Dr. Greenberg was one of the most influential professors I had the privilege of connecting with at UT.

Charles Kwit

Dr. Kwit has a habit of making me smile. When I had him in class and when I chat with him in passing, he is always so jolly and welcoming. Class with him was fun and stimulating, unlike many other courses. I really felt like he went above and beyond to help people understand concepts and make good grades by being personable and approachable at all times.

Dr. Barbara Thayer Bacon

You know how you’re petrified about that upcoming defense, need direction for your proposal, or stressed that your paperwork will get lost in the cracks? Dr. Barb is consistently there to reassure you, encourage you, stay on top of you and mentor you through the multifaceted doctoral process!

Luis Cano

Luis Cano is one of the most intentional faculty I have ever experienced. He cares about his students, content, and preserving what is good. I have seen few professors respect others in the way that Luis does, in giving value to opinions, without being condescending or backing down from what he believes is right. Luis also was largely to thank for my ease and accessibility to study abroad. He did the work to make it a easy transition on the educational end and helped me access scholarships. One day, I will visit Medellín Colombia, to see what exactly he raves about. Luis Cano deserves any shout-outs he gets this week.

Robert Trigiano

Dr. Trigiano constantly demonstrates professionalism and efficiency with his lab group. What is even more impressive is his ability to listen and speak in a manner that can put a stressed, frustrated student at ease. Dr. T gives sound advice absent of judgement or ego. He is constantly calm and collected even in the most tense situations and that mentality rubs off on those around him. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside him.

Kimberly Sheldon

Dr. Sheldon has been an amazing teacher in the classroom and in her lab. She has helped me to become a better researcher. Her classes are informative, relevant, and fun. Thanks Dr. Sheldon!




Here's some nice things that real students have said about real professors.

Shout-out to: Interlibrary Loan Staff

From:Joseph Jarret

The UT Libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff is a wonder. They courteously, professionally, and tirelessly pursue and obtain items that are not readily available locally. Their assistance has been invaluable in my research as well as efforts to provide fresh, and at times novel or unique materials to my students.

Shout-out to: Ronald E. Taylor

From:Mirjana Pantic

Dr. Taylor is one of the best professors I have ever had. He is an exceptionally knowledgeable scholar who makes classroom learning an amazing experience. Dr. Taylor helped me gain theoretical knowledge and learn how to incorporate theory in my research. Furthermore, I feel that he can easily detect students’ research philosophy and encourage them to pursue it. He reminded me how much I enjoy examining the work of the Frankfurt School philosophers and helped me situate myself in research. Dr. Taylor has had such a positive impact on my professional and personal development and I am grateful for having him as a professor.

Shout-out to: Candace White

From:Mirjana Pantic

I feel like I could write a novel about Dr. White. She is outstanding in teaching and research, providing students with knowledge they can utilize both in and out of class. With an extraordinary international experience, she will expand your horizons by sharing valuable lectures about cultural patterns in different parts. She reminded me how much I love studying intercultural communication. Dr. White is sharp-minded, witty, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable professor - the one every student wish to have.

Shout-out to: Catherine Luther

From:Mirjana Pantic

Dr. Luther has had an impact on my PhD agenda from the very beginning, encouraging me to fully utilize my potential. She is truly committed to students, as she is always ready to give an advice and have a conversation. Dr. Luther is acquainted with each stage of my professional and personal progress. Having a professor who will be there to support you every step of the way is crucial for a PhD student.

Shout-out to: Erin Whiteside

From:Mirjana Pantic

Dr. Whiteside is an exceptional professor and adviser. She has provided constant support, encouragement and guidance, which helped me become confident in pursuing my academic goals. Dr. Whiteside has motivated me to implement my ideas, allowing me to fully express myself as a scholar. She has guided me through my doctoral program, making me learn not only how to conduct research, but also of the importance of developing healthy and positive relationships. I hope that I will be able to develop such relationships with my advisees in the future.

Shout-out to: Chris Cherry

From:Mojdeh Azad

I owe many thanks to Dr. Cherry, who has been my advisor, teacher, and friend through my journey at UT. He has always been compassionate and encouraging, as well as insightful and critical, and I am honored to have the opportunity to explore and study a topic of my interest under his guidance and support. He has always been an inspiration to me in and out of the classroom, I have been privileged to have him as my advisor.

Shout-out to: Benjamin Compton

From:Anonymous Anonymous

Dr. Compton is the epitome of classy. He is respectful of all his students and is passionate about what he does- and he isn't afraid to show it! He made his lectures very intriguing with a variety of things, but I remember in particular the practical, real world examples he used to explain everything. All in all, a fantastic professor.

Shout-out to: Lisa Parker

From:Savannah Dixon

Thank you, Dr. Parker, for your encouragement, excitement and pride for teaching and your students. You have perfected the middle ground between challenging and nurturing, and I will always remember and appreciate your teaching and care for my and so many others education.

Shout-out to: Michael O. Smith

From:Courtney (Hancock) Newsome

Dr. Smith made my 4 years at UT the best 4 years of my life. He has consistently gone above and beyond by being very involved in my academic career, making sure I was making good personal decisions, redirecting me when necessary, and even writing my letter of recommendation for graduate school. I graduated from CASNR in 2007 and I continue to keep in contact with him.

Shout-out to: Dr. Monica Black

From:Jasmine Blue

When I registered for Dr. Black's class, I could not anticipate the effect it or she would have on me! Throughout the course of the class, my appreciation for history deepened and I learned invaluable lessons about acting in the present by looking at the world though the past. She is an excellent faculty member and goes above and beyond to make sure that her students learn, grow, and stay engaged.

Shout-out to: Emily Paskewitz

From:Gabrielle Wineberger

I have never had an instructor who is as awesome as DR.P. I had her for 2 classes last semester, and she was amazing! Not only is she super sweet, and understanding, but she always made class fun, and is always there to help when you need her! She made a class that I though I would absolutely hate into a class I absolutely loved to be in.

Shout-out to: Ted Brown

From:Elizabeth Bowman

There was never a dull moment in Dr. Brown's class. I had him for two semesters in Constitutional Law and he helped reaffirm that that was the career path I wanted to follow. He's an inspiration and full of wise knowledge. Thank you, Dr. Brown!

Shout-out to: Melanie Faizer

From:Anonymous Student Mrs

Mrs.Faizer goes above & beyond to make her students have a better understanding of the journalism world with the way she teaches her students. She comes up with great ways that are fun to make her students learn the material. Thanks Mrs. Faizer for all the work you do .

Shout-out to: Rachel Patton McCord

From:Rosela Golloshi

Thank you for all the hard work and the time you invest on us everyday. You have taught me so much and I can't wait to learn more from you! Your passion and dedication for science is so inspiring. I couldn't have chosen a better mentor! Ps. Together with my knowledge, my hair has grown so much more since i joined the lab. It must be a Dr. McCord effect! You are amazing and I wish I could become half of the scientist you are! Thank you!

Shout-out to: Alexandre Medeiros Rodrigues

From:Charissa Thompson

Dr. Rodrigues is a very kind professor. He provides a safe environment where the students feel welcomed to ask questions. He has the ability to make seemingly complex information relevant and interesting. You can tell he is dedicated to his role in our education and cares about his students.

Shout-out to: Terry Ishitani

From:Lee Flood

Dr. Ishitani has a way of making difficult statistical concepts make sense. I appreciate how he grounds conceptual and theoretical issues in the practical work of applied researchers and his willingness to make sure students "get it". Additionally, his sense of humor and lighthearted nature make interactions with him both inside and outside of class enjoyable!

Shout-out to: Melinda Gibbons

Thank you for your support. Also for your attention to detail and quality. You make our work better.

Shout-out to: Andy Sarles

From:Nima Tamaddoni

Awesome personality
Most hardworking and disciplined
Incredibly supportive
Great integrity
Knowledgeable and smart

We appreciate you!

Shout-out to: Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud

From:Sophia Shelton

In the classes I've had with him Dr. CV has made me a better writer, pushed me to develop my ideas and encouraged my research interests. I'm a little loopy right now from being sick but all true. Thank you for making me feel I made the right choice for myself & my future by changing my major to English! From sophia

Shout-out to: Tracy Moir-McClean

From:Elizabeth Ott

Tracy was genuinely excited to teach us about new ways of thinking architecture. She pushed me beyond my creative box and I genuinely think that she curated the best designer out of me. I thank her for her great feedback and attention to my development as an architect, but also for creating a genuinely great studio environment.

Shout-out to: Dr. Peiling Wang

From:Abby Wintker

Dr. Wang is such a supportive instructor. She is SO generous with her time and experience. She is ever-reassuring that we are capable-- both of grasping the complexities of research practice, and of succeeding in our sometimes overwhelmingly interdisciplinary field.

Shout-out to: Dr. Dania Bilal

From:Abby Burris

Dr. Bilal is DEDICATED to her students. It is an honor to work with a researcher as well-known and respected as Dania Bilal. She is an inspiration to her advisees!

Shout-out to: Jennifer Morrow

You are wicked funny

Shout-out to: Laura Wheat

Your feedback and support is always appreciated. Thank you for being intentional and not wasteful with words.

Shout-out to: Melinda Gibbons

You are understanding and supportive. Thank you.

Shout-out to: Jennifer Resendes

From:Brandon Jackson

She is always welcoming of all her students. She encourages a group friendly atmosphere in her classes. Knowing many people in the class makes it, especially for me, more comfortable answering or asking questions. After class, she is always willing to meet with students whenever possible. Even if she does not have office hours, when possible she will set up an appointment with us. She is extremely knowledgeable about Brazil and Portuguese. She does not come off condescending when telling students they are wrong. Instead she will work with him or her and show the correct way of answering. If the structure is off or the word was not enunciated properly, she will let you know you are close and ways to practice or remember for next time. She is by far one of my favorite professors.

Shout-out to: Ulli Sczesni

From:anonymous anonymous

Ms.Sczesni is not only hilarious but so well spoken and compassionate to her students. She clearly cares about each individual student's growth in the classroom. Danke for your hard work, Ms. Sczesni! Your class is a joy.

Shout-out to: Shawn Spurgeon

From:Anonymous Anonymous

Dr. Spurgeon is your cheerleader and advocate. He inspires you to believe in yourself and helps you to achieve things that you thought it was not possible. He is always on your side.

Shout-out to: Elizabth Layman

From:Levi Conrad

Elizabeth Layman made me feel welcome and encouraged me to be he best English student I could be during my first semester at UT. She went above in beyond in explaining difficult concepts and helping me improve my paper writing skills through conferences and inviting students to her office hours. She brought my writing level from high school level to college level, and that has and will continue to, help me in every facet of my college career.

Shout-out to: Tessa Burch-Smith

From:Jessica Fernandez

Great mentor with infectious energy! She really knows how to get her students going and motivated.

Shout-out to: Srinivasan Mahadevan

From:Haleigh Collier

Rajan is such a caring professor, he really puts in the time and effort it takes with each student and is readily available if anyone has any questions. He is constantly working in the library on all of his classes and puts his heart and soul into his teaching.

Shout-out to: Joel Diambra

You really listen to the needs of your students and faculty. We see this and appreciate this.

Shout-out to: Nathalia Wright

From:Donald Kay

A distinguished American Literature Scholar.

Shout-out to: Jessica Adkins

From:Kelsey Boyle

Jessica was a great mentor for the Pre-k to 3 interns. She had great experience in our field and was able to guide us in such a personal way! I have been out of the program for four years now and I know I can still talk to her for guidance. Jessica cared so much for her interns and worked so hard to make us the best teachers. Jessica always gave compliments, but always challenged us to be the best we could be. I learned so much from her!

Shout-out to: Karen Lloyd

From:Joy Buongiorno

Dr. Lloyd is an amazing example of a strong women in STEM. She always encourages her students to gun for the top and to aspire to be positive influences on the world. Her commitment to her students' success is evident in her desire to make one-on-one connections with them, always making sure that they are enjoying what they're doing and providing new and exciting opportunities for them during their time at UT. She serves as the template for what I want to be when I'm done with my degree: imaginative, outspoken, and hard-working.

Shout-out to: Louis Rocconi

From:Sarah Nadel

Dr. Rocconi,
Thank you for always being an uplifting and positive spirit in the ESM program. I appreciate your dedication to your students that you have shown in your first year here with us. I also appreciate your willingness to listen when students are struggling in your classes (multi-level modeling) and ensuring that we progress the way we should. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. I look forward to the opportunities to continue collaborating with you!!!

Shout-out to: Lauren Moret

From:Sarah Nadel

Dr. Moret,
Thank you for always taking the time to discuss concerns regarding research, projects, and even our outside life with us when we are struggling. For someone who started out as a purely quantitative person, you have shown me the value of qualitative data through your teachings and excitement for the topic. I appreciate all the growth I have shown because of your guidance. I look forward to working with you more and more on spreading the love for qualitative methods!

Shout-out to: Gary Skolits

From:Sarah Nadel

Dr. Skolits,
Thank you for always lending a listening ear and be willing to assist your students in their path to their Doctoral degree. You are a HUGE asset to the ESM program and I don't know how I'd survive without your kindness, knowledge, and appreciation towards the work we do. Thank you a million times!

Shout-out to: Lindsey Wainwright

From:Joe Jarret

I would like to thank and commend Lindsey Wainwright, Coordinator of Academic Programs, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, for the courteous, enthusiastic, and professional manner in which she introduces students to the wonders of the museum as well as the research resources available to them.

Shout-out to: All UT Faculty

From:Don Eisenberg

Many alumni I meet with will talk about one or two professors who took the time to help them understand, or involved them in a lab or project, or pushed them beyond their comfort zone to excel- and it changed their life. Thank you to each faculty member for going above and beyond, investing in students' lives at the University of Tennessee. Please know that your efforts will yield dividends far beyond what you will ever know. Thanks for all of your time and efforts to make a difference at UT- we certainly do appreciate you!

Shout-out to: Rajan Mahadevan

From:Courtney Farley

!!!!!!!
I have Rajan for the third semester now and its very easy to write about him. I see stars in Rajan's eyes when he works with his students. I can tell he loves his job, his field and his students, and his actions easily reflect that.

The key thing about Rajan is how he bridges a connection with us. Rajan communicates with his students in a way that is really open and clearly thoughtful. His relaxed, humorous and optimsitic personality creates an environment where one can certainly feel like he or she can really do something. His communication style promotes comfort and confidence, leading to a stronger desire for learning, to stronger academic endeavors/discussions. I have gotten a lot more excited about psychology and research and it has influenced my vision of my future. Not only that, but the way he actively works to connect with us at our level, looking at us as equals with potential - it nourishes a genuine human connection that can be hard to find. He concerns himself with what might be happening in our lives and would do what he could to help us. We are not just mere students in his classroom, I always feel that my ideas and questions are valued no matter how silly they might be! I love cognitive science and Raj =)

Shout-out to: Jennifer Morrow

From:Sarah Nadel

Dr. Morrow,
Thank you for always going above and beyond to give your ESM students and all students you teach and work with the opportunity to grow and develop into strong and successful Doctoral students. You are the reason so many of us have the opportunities and the success we do. So when someone asks you if you've helped your students on their educational path, no need to say "it depends" because the answer will always be "Yes!" Thank you for everything you do and continue to do.

Shout-out to: Laura Wheat

From:Nancy Thacker

Thank you for being a consistent model of inclusivity, care, and passion for your students and the counseling field. You push us to be the very best we can be and support us along the way. We appreciate you!!

Shout-out to: Dr. Kathy Fitzgerald

From:Andrea Colyer

Dr. Fitzgerald goes above and beyond for the 2016-2017 PreK-K cohort of student teachers every day by helping is better our craft as well as build our confidence! I am so thankful to have had her as a mentor over the past few years

Shout-out to: Mistie Anderson

From:Katherine Johnson

Dr. Anderson is so passionate about the subjects that she teaches that it radiates through her lectures. She makes the most mundane of tasks seem interesting (like writing a blog post or reading a very dense and difficult text). She is committed to the success of her students and seems like she takes it very personally. She is always so friendly when met outside of class, and is just an all around very pleasant person to be around.

Shout-out to: LaVinia Jennings

From:Katherine Johnson

Dr. Jennings is a very passionate professor. She is so invested in the success of her students and takes their performance personally. When you meet with her one on one, she tunes out the entire rest of the world and completely focus on what your need and making you a better writer and student. She has been my favorite professor in my college career.

Shout-out to: Robin Nicks

From:Caleb

Dr. Nicks has been a mentor to me since my very first day at UT. Here we are 4 years later, and I still love being able to work and interact with her. Not only is she a brilliant professor, but she is also kind and genuine human being! I can't imagine my experience at UT without her! Thank you Dr. Nicks for always being the helping hand and friendly smile that is always there when I need it!

Shout-out to: Sambuddha Ghatak

From:Jake Tidwell

Sam makes class interesting, fun, and enjoyable! I may not have had a great number of professors so far, but he is by far my favorite! He engages the class and encourages us to debate in a civil manner, which is something we should all experience. I would definitely encourage anyone who hasn't had him yet to take him! Thanks Sam!

Shout-out to: Andy Pulte

From:Alice Kimbrell

Dr. Pulte gets his students excited about one of the coolest things in life - plants!! He makes class fun, interesting, and goes above and beyond to connect his students with opportunites to gain hands on experience within the plant world! Thanks Dr. Pulte!!

Shout-out to: Katherine Ambroziak

From:Kathryn Lamb

Katherine's approach when teaching is adaptive, for better use of the word. She pushes your thinking and design abilities almost to the breaking point, but as you look retrospectively, as a student, we realize how we adapted to new approaches of design, and how we will forever remember specific techniques taught by Mrs. Ambroziak. Yet, as we progress in our studies from her, she learns from us as well, creating a great and open dialogue between student and professor, and forever progressing the idea of learning and improving throughout the college.




Here's some nice things that real students have said about real professors.

Shout-out to: Laurent Zunino

Monsieur Zunino really makes the effort to help us learn French, and cares that we get involved in class and out. He's great!

Shout-out to: Steven Moore

From: Will Jarvis

Excellent teacher, even better person. Definitely the Patrick Ewing of Calculus teachers. Wish we had more like him.

Shout-out to: Steven Moore

From: William Crawford

Always willing to help our class learn in new and inventive ways!

Shout-out to: Steven Moore

From: Nathaniel Kozlowski

He cares about is constantly and will explain a concept throughouy. Actually wants us to succeed. No better math teacher on campus.

Shout-out to: Steven Moore

From: Jonathan Ervin

One of the most interesting professors I've ever met. He goes the extra mile to make sure we succeed and most importantly learn.

Shout-out to: Stephen Moore

From: Mark McQueen

He makes sure everyone understands the math and never makes students feel stupid

Shout-out to: Steven Moore

Awesome math teacher!!! Cares about his students!

Shout-out to: Steve Moore

Always helpful. Best math teacher and cares about his students!

Shout-out to: Nitin Jain

From: Hayley Baldwin

I'm so happy that I finally get the chance to express my appreciation for the best professor/advisor I've ever known, Dr. Nitin Jain. He has gone out of his way MULTIPLE times to help me in many situations. Way more times than I ever deserve. I can't put into words how forever grateful I am for all the help and opportunities he's given me. Yes, his BCMB 401 class was THE hardest class ever, but he really and truly cares about his students and their learning. Those kinds of professors are hard to come by (at least to me). Not only can I say that he's the best advisor/professor, but now, after working with him in his lab for a few weeks, I see him as a friend. Basically, Dr. Jain is the best!

Shout-out to: Nitin Jain

From: Hayley Baldwin

I'm so happy that I finally get the chance to express my appreciation for the best professor/advisor I've ever known, Dr. Nitin Jain. He has gone out of his way MULTIPLE times to help me in many situations. Way more times than I ever deserve. I can't put into words how forever grateful I am for all the help and opportunities he's given me. Yes, his BCMB 401 class was THE hardest class ever, but he really and truly cares about his students and their learning. Those kinds of professors are hard to come by (at least to me). Not only can I say that he's the best advisor/professor, but now, after working with him in his lab for a few weeks, I see him as a friend. Basically, Dr. Jain is the best!

Shout-out to: Tony Mezzacappa

From: Tony Perez

Dr. Mezzacappa is among the few professors I've had that who has gone above and beyond as an educator. His sincere dedication to teaching has not only taught me much but also rekindled my desire to learn more about and appreciate the beauty of our field, physics. Thank you, Dr. Mezzacappa!

Shout-out to: Kirsten Benson

From: Emily Cope

Kirsten is the absolute best thing that ever could have happened to me. I would not be where I am without her.

Shout-out to: Euridice Silva

Thank you for making Portuguese such an enjoyable class!! We can tell that you love to teach!!

Shout-out to: Megumu Burress

Thanks for always answering even my dumbest of questions. I really enjoy being a student in your class. Your cheerful attitude really helps me get through what I believe to be a difficult course.
Much appreciated!

Shout-out to: Kelly Stevenson

From: Shemeka Cherry-Jackson

Kelly is an advocate for the social work students in her caseload. She goes the extra-mile to make sure that we have a well-rounded learning experience.

Shout-out to: Stan Bowie

From: Shemeka Cherry-Jackson

I looked forward to his class. His teaching style is inspiring, practical and engaging. He prepares social work students to succeed in the profession.

Shout-out to: Dr. Stan Bowie

From: Ayat Nashwan

Dr. Bowie is great example of the professor who is highly qualified and have passion to his work.. He is such a great teacher and mentor and he respects his students in such a unique way ... His dedication is greatly appreciated and he always so supportive and kind !!

Shout-out to: Rajan Mahadevan

From: Brandon Knight

Rajan is just an amazing person and professor all the way around. I have taken three courses with him so far. During my time at the University of Tennessee, Rajan has dedicated additional time, effort, and attention to his courses and students. I speak of this from a personal perspective as he has been a guiding light for me as my intellectual curiosities have unfolded. Rajan never hesitates to discuss topics in great detail or to elaborate on issues in order to help his students have a more holistic perspective and understanding. He's always available at a moments notice and he makes sure that each of his students receives unique educational experience. He's not just a professor, but is truly a mentor. Taking courses with Rajan has been my favorite experience while at the University of Tennessee and I look forward to continue working with him in the future.

Shout-out to: Abbey Levenshus

From: Ashley Walker

Last semester I was panicking because my classes had been changed and I thought I would not be able to graduate in the spring. Dr. Levenshus not only quickly responded to my frantic emails, but she also called me and talked me through what my options were to keep my minor and graduate on time. After that, she helped me get into a class that could substitute for my missing business class. Dr. Levenshus, would do this for any of her students because she cares about us.

Shout-out to: Bonnie Ownley

From: Carl Yoder

She is very eager to answer questions and gives detailed and insightful answers. She's eager to help any way she can. For example, once, I was trying to find a working card reader to read an SD card from the camera in her lab. She allowed me to use her personal card reader because a working one couldn't be found.

Shout-out to: David Butler

From: Carl Yoder

He doesn't just wait on me to report to him on my research project. He stops by to see how things are going. Also, he's always positive and hopeful even when things don't go the way we had planned.

Shout-out to: Andrew McCarthy

From: Cecilia McKinley

He recognizes his students as real people with possibly intriguing ideas and encourages us to analyze our own beliefs. Also, he is quite hilarious.

Shout-out to: Douja Mamelouk

From: N P

I could talk about her behavior, the way she makes her students believe in themselves and how she clearly cares about their future. However, I would rather emphasize on her teaching and on the way she incorporates (foreign) culture(s) in literature to make students go beyond usual analytical tools to approach a text/language so to give them a better understanding of it. I really enjoy the possibility of debating and exchanging ideas: even though she disagrees with you, she will let you speak your mind and respect your opinion as long as you can support it. Teaching is clearly not a job but a passion to her.

Shout-out to: Marlys Staudt

Dr. Staudt is so intelligent and insightful- she makes what could be a boring research-oriented class into an engaging and interesting learning opportunity. She is such an understanding person, and she is committed to helping students become the best social work practitioners they can be.

Shout-out to: Shandra Forrest-Bank

Shandra is so kind and caring. She was a great professor and always presented material in a clear, compelling way. She welcomed student questions and feedback throughout the semester, and was really invested in wanting us to have the best possible classroom experience. I learned so much from Shandra- it was awesome to learn about social work practice from such a compassionate person!

Shout-out to: Andrew Skoog

From: Michelle Fratus

Mr. Skoog, affectionately Skoooooog, always treated me with respect, but more importantly, I often saw how genuinely he reached out to and respected everyone. He doesn't just say hello to custodial workers, he calls them by name and asks them how they and their families are doing. He gets to know people's stories and cares enough to remember them.

Shout-out to: Abbey Levenshus

From: Kate Theobald

Abbey Levenshus goes the extra mile with EVERYTHING she does. I have had the great pleasure of having her as an instructor for two courses now, and she is absolutely incredible. She's a fantastic teacher - she holds us accountable for producing great work and recognizes potential in everyone. She's very sensitive to everyone's needs and adapts the class to fit us. She is also the PRSSA advisor, and I am the secretary for PRSSA. She (along with Dr. Maureen Taylor) organized for me and four other PRSSA officers to go represent the university at PRSSA National Conference back in November. She has done nothing but help advance our personal, professional and educational goals. She's the most caring teacher I know with a true passion for her students. I've heard multiple kind regards from other teachers about her and countless comments from students about how much they love her. Abbey Levenshus deserves the world! We love her.

Shout-out to: Department of Public Health Faculty Dr. Paul Erwin; Dr. Cristina Barroso; Dr. Laurie Meschke; Dr. Clea McNeely; Dr. Kathy Brown; Dr. Samantha Ehrlich; Dr. Jennifer Jabson; Dr. J. Chen

From: Debbie Butenko

Webster defines "appreciation" as a feeling of being grateful for something;; an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something. I am grateful on a daily basis, for having the good fortune to work with such AMAZING faculty. Thank you ALL so much for your hard work, dedication to your profession, and to your mentoring of the students who come to our department. A+

Shout-out to: Malissa Peery

From: Matt Hyden

The University of Tennessee is very fortunate to have a professor like Malissa Peery. Ms. Peery consistently goes to infinity and beyond to help her students succeed. Ms. Peery is fair and treats all students equally. Ms. Peery is in step and on point. She is all about that base, about that base, what power? Ms. Perry thank you for being such a positive mentor to me during my time at UT!

Shout-out to: Dr. Lauren Cunningham

From: Gabrielle Yates

I took Dr. Cunningham last semester for my audit course and I absolutely enjoyed the course structure and all of the relevant information related to the field of accounting that's not in the textbooks. She truly took teaching the subject to the next level, thanks for such a great semester!

Shout-out to: Dr. Randy Bradley

From: Gabrielle Yates

Thanks for welcoming your students to ask for advice outside of the classroom and for your continued support and dedication to diversity within the Haslam College of Business! We really appreciate it!

Shout-out to: Ragan Schriver

From: Khadijah Roller

Father Ragan, Thank you so very much!
You are a shining light and you bring joy and fun to your classes.

Shout-out to: Dr. Stan Bowie

From: Khadijah Roller

Thank you for always challenging your students to always go the extra mile, fostering confidence in your class, and preparing us for Greatness. You are a great professor and social work role model. Thank you!

Shout-out to: Sra. Toya Handelsman

She is awesome!!!!!! She does not only teach well, but she cares about her students too.

Shout-out to: Anne Snellen

From: Ali Alghamdi

Dr. Snellen is one of the rare faculties who thinks that her job is not teaching and go. She is interested in her students. I feel like she invests in her students so they can go and fly around the world with the knowledge that they got from her.
Thank you Dr. Snellen for every second we spent with you and learn from you.

Shout-out to: Donna Bueckman

From: Joseph Bailey

Dr. Bueckman always comes to class with a positive attitude and ensures that we understand the material fully. If we do not understand she will try to explain in another way and always asks if we have any questions for clarification. She demonstrates a true passion for economics and ensures the content is relatable. Looking forward to the rest of the semester, thank you Dr. Bueckman.

Shout-out to: Malissa Peery

From: Joseph Bailey

Ms. Peery is always willing to help. She is patient, positive, and makes things easier to understand. She wants her students to be successful and the format for her class helps us do just that. Thank you for everything Ms. Peery, so grateful to have an educator as invested as you.

Shout-out to: Megumi Burress

From: Justin Crawford

Burress Sensei has been my teacher for two semesters now and her course has to be my favorite. Given that Japanese is a tough course to be enrolled in, Sensei makes sure to not only provide such amazing lessons, but in a way that is easier for us to learn and enjoy. I thank this awesome professor for making a challenging class *not so challenging* 🙂

Domo Arigato Burress Sensei!

Shout-out to: Heather Bass

From: Michael Curtis Jr.

She presented the lesson material in an entertaining, yet professional, manner enabling students to relate and enjoy learning Chemistry 110. She is always available and expects every student to do well. Although she challenges the students, Dr. Bass is always sure she fully explains herself and adjust her teaching style to that of the students. Nonetheless, Heather always has a smile on her face and is always full of energy!

Shout-out to: Elizabeth Strand

From: Kim Barrington

Dr. Strand is such a busy lady and, yet, she makes time for her students and shows genuine concern for their well being. Thank you.

Shout-out to: Sunha Choi

From: Kim Barrington

Dr. Choi is such an understanding lady and professor. She takes the extra time to ensure her students understand the material. Thank you Dr. Choi.

Shout-out to: Lisa Mason

Dr. Mason is an amazing professor. She is passionate about what she teaches, and she invests so much in her students. I always appreciated her dedication to student learning and her efforts to engage each student in class to be a part of the discussion. Dr. Mason is so kind and approachable; she is also a fantastic teacher! Very glad I had the privilege of taking a class with her!

Shout-out to: Malissa Peery

From: Elexus Franklin

Professor Peery is one of the best math teachers I've ever had. She definitely makes it easier for those who despise it, but for me, she made me love it again. It feels really great to have a professor on this huge campus who truly cares about her students and goes out of the way to make sure we succeed. Shout out to you, Professor Peery! You're absolutely amazing!

Shout-out to: Sylvia Trendafilova

From: Josh Peterson

Dr. Trendafilova is my favorite professor at UT! She is ALWAYS willing to help and loves seeing her students succeed. She never puts herself first and has been extremely helpful throughout my time at UT! Thanks Sylvia!

Shout-out to: Steven Wilhelm

From: Mohammad Moniruzzaman

Dr. Wilhelm is an inspiring researcher and a leading name in the field of Microbial Ecology. The great thing about working with him is that you are always excited about the cutting edge research in the field. Constantly brewing ideas, never gets tired. Hard working and sincere.

It is an incredible experience to look back to the past few years and realize how far I have come just because he was always there with a helping hand and vision. Thank you!

Shout-out to: Kevin Stevens

From: Carissa Wagers

He actually listens and considers our design ideas and encourages us on how to take our ideas to the next level. It feels very laid back and encouraging just talking to him on a one to one level.

Shout-out to: Douja Mamelouk

From: L H

I don't even know where to start from when talking about prof. Mamelouk. She has guided me for years now, and her classes are always something that I look forward to. She is one of the most knowledgeable professors I have met, extremely helpful when students ask for advice, and she always has a smile on her face which brightens up your day. Her classes are not easy, but I have grown as a student precisely because she has high standards for us. I respect all my professors, but there is always one that is closer to your heart. Thank you for everything you have done for me!

Shout-out to: Toya Handelsman

From: Timothy Haskins

Sra. Handelsman es una profesora fantástica! Siempre está alli para sus estudiantes. Ella tiene mucha paciencia y enseña con pasión. Sus estudiantes queremos a ella muchooooo.

Shout-out to: Karen Lloyd

From: Joy Buongiorno

Dr. Lloyd goes above and beyond to make sure her students have access to ground-breaking research opportunities and are prepared for the task at hand.

Shout-out to: Neal Eash

From: Ashley Taft

Dr. Eash was such a fun professor, and he seemed to know everything about his field. So knowledgeable! On top of having interesting lecture periods, we went on many field trips that opened my eyes to the wonders of microorganisms in the soil nutrient cycle. My two favorites were the trip to Wampler's, where we learned about composting pig remains and the trip to the water treatment facility. I will always remember Dr. Eash, and I wish I had had the opportunity to take more of his classes!



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