Outstanding Teacher Awards
Presented by the UT National Alumni Association
Dr. Joseph W. Bartges is professor of medicine and nutrition in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He holds a degree from the University of Georgia and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota; he has chosen to spend the past 10 years at UT. His teaching philosophy is to stimulate students to be inquisitive and to develop a passion for veterinary medicine. One student wrote of Dr. Bartges, “It’s obvious he knows his stuff, and he knows how to convey it to us at a level we can understand and grasp.” Another wrote, “He is one of the best professors I’ve had at UT. I appreciate his cutting to the chase, and humor in teaching the class, and got way more out of it because of his teaching style.”
Dr. Edwin G. Burdette, professor of structural engineering, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has taught at UT since 1969. He was named a Teaching Fellow in the Engineering College and has been honored with multiple awards for his extraordinary achievements, including the Civil Engineering Student Chapter’s Faculty Person of the Year nine times and the Departmental Outstanding Teacher seven times. He also has received the Chancellor’s Research Scholar Award and the L.R. Hesler Award.
Dr. June Gorski, professor of health education and public health, has taught at UT since 1975. Some of the many honors she has received include the Meritorious Service and Life Membership by the Tennessee Public Health Association, the Woman of Achievement Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the National Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Public Service. She has served on numerous doctoral committees and coordinated health courses for area elementary schools. She also serves as a graduate advisor for the community health education concentration and for undergraduates earning a minor in adolescent health.
Dr. John Robert Mount, associate professor of food science and technology, has taught at UT since 1978. His impact is especially profound when one realizes there are no students within the food science program that he has not taught in at least one course, and often as many as four. He has worked closely with the Food Science Club student organization for the past 27 years and regularly serves as an advisor to undergraduates and on many graduate student committees, dedicating himself to further their learning experiences.