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2003 Great Teacher Awards Presented by UK Alumni Association

By Kelley Bozeman

Since 1961, the Alumni Association has recognized UK professors for outstanding teaching and honored them with a plaque and a $2,000 cash award at a recognition luncheon. This tradition is the oldest, continuously given award for teachers at the university.

Photo of Lee A. Edgerton
Lee A. Edgerton


Kathi L. Kern


Photo of Hubert M. Martin Jr.
Hubert M. Martin Jr.


Photo of Frank Romanelli
Frank Romanelli


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B. Peter Sawaya


Photo of D. Stephen Voss
D. Stephen Voss

Feb. 20, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Alumni Association presented six university faculty members with Great Teacher Awards on Feb. 20 at the Helen G. King Alumni House.

Since 1961, the Alumni Association has recognized UK professors for outstanding teaching and honored them with a plaque and a $2,000 cash award at a recognition luncheon. This tradition is the oldest, continuously given award for teachers at the university.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., Provost Mike Nietzel and UK Alumni Association President Charlie Moore presented awards to: Lee A. Edgerton, College of Agriculture; Kathi L. Kern, Hubert M. Martin Jr. and D. Stephen Voss, College of Arts and Sciences; Frank Romanelli, College of Pharmacy; and B. Peter Sawaya, College of Medicine.

Over the years the Alumni Association has honored nearly 200 teachers. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the association’s Board of Directors and representatives of two student organizations, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Lee A. Edgerton, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture. Edgerton earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from the University of Idaho and his doctorate in 1970 from Purdue University. He joined the UK faculty in 1975. His area of expertise is the reproductive physiology of swine. He teaches five classes pertaining to his interest in animal sciences and agriculture. In addition, Edgerton coordinates a section of UK 101 and serves as a mentor in the university’s Emerging Leader Institute. He also currently serves as an adviser to the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, a select group of undergraduate students who represent the college to prospective students and alumni at special events. He is author or co-author of over 35 research publications and over
60 abstracts and is a member of numerous professional associations. Edgerton’s nominator said, “Dr. Edgerton establishes personal relationships with his students by not just focusing his advising sessions on classes. He asks questions about students’ personal lives and always leaves them with a smile. Dr. Edgerton maintains his relationship with his students by never failing to talk to or communicate with them.”

Kathi L. Kern, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences. Kern joined the UK faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 1995. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Kern is a specialist in American History – late 19th century to 20th century. She teaches courses in women’s, social and recent American history. The student who nominated Kern said, “Dr. Kern has been my biggest encourager and supporter throughout my fearful moments as a non-traditional student.”

Hubert M. Martin Jr., professor of modern and classical languages, literatures and cultures, College of Arts and Sciences. Martin joined the UK faculty in 1969. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chattanooga and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1955 and 1958, respectively. Martin teaches Greek and Latin literature and grammar classes for the Greek language. He served as the director of Graduate Studies for the classics department for many years and now serves as the department’s director of Undergraduate Studies. Martin’s nominator said, “I know of few professors who have given themselves to teaching to the extent that Dr. Martin does. I feel as though this man lives and breathes his subject and his vocation for teaching. He is really an inspiration to those who know him.”

Frank Romanelli, assistant professor, College of Pharmacy. Romanelli has served as a clinical specialist in HIV/AIDS in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, since June 1997. He received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Romanelli completed his residency in pharmacy practice and a specialty residency in critical care pharmacy at UK, where he also served as Chief Resident. Currently, Romanelli teaches Contemporary Aspects of Pharmacy Practice, a third-professional year course. He also teaches within Integrated Therapeutics, Pharmacologic Basis of Antibiotics, and Nutrition and Disease Prevention. Romanelli holds a joint appointment with the College of Health Sciences where he also teaches
within several courses. Romanelli’s nominator said, “Aside from his advisory role, Dr. Romanelli truly enjoys being a part of the UK community. His love for the university is shown by his tireless efforts to promote the greatness of UK. Dr. Romanelli takes an active interest in every student. He understands that we are more than just pharmacy students. His actions are one reason the UK College of Pharmacy is a nationally respected program.”

B. Peter Sawaya, associate professor, College of Medicine. Sawaya received his doctor of medicine from Tichreen University in Latakia, Syria and completed his training in nephrology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He joined the UK faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and became an associate professor in 1998. Sawaya teaches Introduction to the Medical Profession, Medical Surgical Clerkship, bedside teaching, and continuing medical education. His nomination for consideration of a 2003 Great Teacher Award was signed by 76 students. His nominators said, “He is always ready to give of his time or to stop and help the class grasp a special concept encountered with a patient. He works with us during all four years of our training. He is there sometimes in an official capacity and at other times as a mentor and friend. We wish he could teach every course in the College of Medicine!”

D. Stephen Voss, assistant professor of political science, College of Arts and Sciences. Voss received his undergraduate degrees in history and journalism from Louisiana State University in 1990 and his doctorate in history from Harvard University in 2000. His areas of expertise include voting behavior, political methodology, and racial politics and policy. Currently Voss teaches American Government. Voss co-authored an introductory American government text that is used widely across the nation in college courses. His research has appeared in numerous journals and he is currently co-investigator of a National Science Foundation grant with the goal to combine precinct-level electoral data with data from the 2000 Census. His nominator said, “Dr. Voss’s courses are generally the most demanding, yet they have some of the highest enrollments in the department. Additionally, Dr. Voss considers students first and foremost. For Dr. Voss, the term ’office hours’ should be converted to ’on-call’ hours because he is essentially available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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