The 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards banquet took place Thursday, December 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. From Diversity Leadership to awards in research, advising, and teaching, the annual awards banquet honors faculty excellence in all areas of the college mission.
“As we recognize particularly outstanding faculty this evening, I want to thank all of our faculty in the college, individually and collectively, for everything you do— your teaching, research, service on college and university committees, thesis committees, and tenure and promotion committees, and service to the public through community engagement,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the college and emcee for the awards ceremony. “A college can be no greater or stronger than its faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences is a college of excellence because each of you has a passion for our profession and you work selflessly to make our students, departments and university the best they can be.”
Dean Lee presented the College Marshal Award, which is the college equivalent of the university macebearer and is, therefore, the highest college honor awarded to a member of the faculty. The recipient of this award is selected annually by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and honors a senior faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the college and the university. The College Marshal represents the college at the spring and fall commencement ceremonies in the following calendar year.
Christopher Craig, professor of classics, received the College Marshal Award for 2019. Craig joined the classics department in 1980 as an assistant professor and took the reins as head in 2011. In addition to his leadership role in the department, Craig was the director of the College Scholars Program from 2004-2011. He was the first recipient of the college’s Cunningham Outstanding Teacher Award and, during his time at UT, has received several honors, including the UT Citation for Excellence in Advising, the college awards for Academic Outreach, Outstanding Service, and the LR Hesler Award for Teaching and Service. He has taught Latin language and literature at all undergraduate and graduate levels, courses on classical civilization and classical mythology, and courses on Roman archaeology, art, and architecture. He also helps coordinate Latin Day, the largest and most important recruitment event hosted by the department that draws hundreds of high school students to campus for one day of Latin fun. For 40 years, Craig has served the university and the college with honor and humor.
Congratulations Professor Craig on your well-deserved honor!