2011 Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards Announced

Fri, April 15, 2011

The Texas Language Center is pleased to announce the winners of the first Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards. Students submitted nominations late last fall based on the teacher’s commitment, knowledge, passion, and ability to challenge. Members of the the Texas Language Center Advisory Committee carefully reviewed each nomination and chose one winner from each of two categories: tenured, tenure track, or lecturer, and graduate assistant instructor. This year’s winners are:

Dr. Thomas R. Vessely
Senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian. Dr. Vessely has taught at UT for over twenty years, teaching everything from introductory to advanced French language, from French Literature to French Drama. He is currently a chair for the Departmental Scholarship Committee, a faculty sponsor for Pi Delta Phi, as well as a faculty and honors advisor for the Department of French and Italian. Among other services to the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Vessely has worked on the Academic Affairs College Committee, the President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Non-Tenure Track Faculty, and the College of Liberal Arts International Studies Advisory Committee.




Jan Uelzmann
Jan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Germanic Studies, specializing in German literature and culture of the 20th century. Jan's dissertation, supervised by Sabine Hake and Philip Broadbent, is entitled Bonn, the Transitional Capital and its Founding Discourses, 1948-1963 and reconstructs the city´s role in the public imaginary of the Adenauer years. Jan has taught advanced German, first- and second year German, and Germanic Civilization classes at the University of Texas and at Texas Tech University.

Congratulations to this year's winners and all of the excellent nominees!




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