COLUMBIA — Elizabeth Chang received a surprise visit Tuesday while teaching her English class at the Arts & Sciences Building.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton came to award Chang with one of this year's William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.
The fellowships are given annually to five outstanding educators and include a $10,000 award, funded by a $500,000 gift from the family of William Kemper, an MU graduate and Kansas City civic leader. The fifth fellowship will be awarded Friday.
"I couldn't have done any of what I have done without such great students like the ones I have in this classroom," Chang said.
An assistant professor in the department of English in the MU College of Arts and Science, Chang has been on the faculty since 2004. She primarily teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Victorian literature.
"I have never had a teacher phrase questions like Dr. Chang," former student Kathryn Wilke said in a news release. "She asks her students to view the larger issues and how they affect society, gender or other topics."