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Mark Atwood Lawrence recognized with Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award

Sun, June 2, 2019
Mark Atwood Lawrence recognized with Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award

Please join the Department of History in congratulating Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, associate professor of history at UT Austin, who has been chosen as a recipient of the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award!

This semi-annual, college-wide, student-nominated award recognizes excellent teaching. Dean Randy Diehl writes in his letter to Mark, “This award recognizes your consistent promotion of educational excellence in teaching students within the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Your commitment to outstanding performance in teaching, as well as your high academic standards, not only instruct but also inspire.”

The Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 14, 1985, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Award recipients are nominated by members of the Silver Spurs student organization. In addition to being responsible for the care and transportation of the University of Texas longhorn steer mascot BEVO, their primary purpose is to provide scholarships and fellowships. Since their founding in 1937, they have provided over 2,500 campus leaders with the opportunity to give back to the school and community through philanthropic endeavors.

Prof. Lawrence was appointed Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at William College in 2011-2012), and received the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize and Paul Birdsall Prize for Assuming the Burden in 2006. In 2005, he was the winner of President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Lawrence is the author of Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam, published in 2005 by the University of California Press, and The Vietnam War: A Concise International History, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. He has also published articles and essays on various topics in Cold War history and is now finishing a study of U.S. policymaking toward the Third World during the 1960s.

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