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Ruppersburg named University Professor

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ruppersburg studio portraitThe University of Georgia bestowed one of its highest honors for faculty upon our senior associate dean, Hugh Ruppersburg:

Ruppersburg, a long-time faculty member in the English department who also has held leadership posts in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named University Professor.

The honor, first awarded in 1974, is bestowed selectively on UGA faculty who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities. Deans of the schools and colleges forward nominations to a committee that reviews candidates and makes a recommendation to the provost. No more than one University Professor can be named in any year.

"Hugh Ruppersburg is known for his extraordinarily dedicated service as a faculty member and an administrator in the Franklin College," said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "But over the course of a career that has spanned more than three decades he also has shown his commitment to the university's broad institutional mission through tireless work on a wide range of task forces and committees. His efforts have made the university a better place."

There is no doubt about that, and his presence in the upper administration of the Franklin College have made the college a better place to study, learn, teach and work. Congratulations, Dr. Ruppersburg.

Image of Hugh Ruppersburg courtesy of UGA photography.

Best Undergraduate Teachers

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In the nation, that is. And among the three from UGA are two from Franklin College, according to the Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com:

John Knox, an associate professor of geography; Audrey Haynes, an associate professor of political science; and Charles Kutal, a chemistry professor and associate dean of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, are listed among The Best 300 Professors, which was released April 3.

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The Best 300 Professors, which is the first comprehensive guidebook to America's top undergraduate professors, is unusual in that it started based on data collected from undergraduate students. It relies heavily on the opinions they give about the professors they learn from daily.

"The students are in the classroom," Knox said. "They make their opinions known on this site [RateMyProfessors.com], and, to my knowledge, the Princeton Review is the first to use this national rating system."