First Joe Davis Fellows Award Given

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Photo of Linda Krauss Worley and Charles “Chipper” Griffith III, M.D., receiving the Joe Davis Fellows Award from UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.
Linda Krauss Worley and Charles “Chipper” Griffith III, M.D., received the awards from UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

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The Joe Davis Fellows Award is named for the agricultural economics professor who helped establish the UK Teaching and Learning Center in 1991. Davis, who died last summer, headed the center for several years, guiding its advocacy of superior, cutting-edge teaching.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2004) -- A University of Kentucky associate professor of German and an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics have received the inaugural Joe Davis Fellows award for their commitment to outstanding teaching.

Linda Kraus Worley and Charles “Chipper” Griffith III, M.D., received the awards from UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. at a brief ceremony today at the new UK Teaching and Academic Support Center.

“This award spotlights the desire and ability of our faculty to advance the cutting edge of innovative teaching. Joe Davis understood that learning is a creative and ever-evolving process,” Provost Michael Nietzel said.

Worley was cited for her active involvement in developing teaching assistants in the German studies program in the UK College of Arts and Sciences and eventually across campus. She received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991. She also was the first full-time director of the UK Teaching and Learning Center, serving in that role for four years.

Griffith is a nine-time winner of the Clinical Clerkship Teaching Award and a seven-time winner of the Clinical Golden Apple teaching award. In 2003, he was awarded a University Professorship in Medicine, an endowed professorship based on lifetime contributions to the UK College of Medicine. He also founded and co-directed the Center for Excellence in Medical Education.

The Joe Davis Fellows Award is named for the agricultural economics professor who helped establish the UK Teaching and Learning Center in 1991. Davis, who died last summer, headed the center for several years, guiding its advocacy of superior, cutting-edge teaching. The award was proposed by Norman Pedigo, director of TASC, and Philipp Kraemer, associate provost for undergraduate education.


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