Deborah Hanuscin awarded Kemper Fellowship

Friday, April 8, 2011 | 12:13 p.m. CDT; updated 1:49 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 8, 2011
Associate professor Deborah Hanuscin reacts after finding out she received a William T. Kemper award for teaching excellence on Friday. MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton, Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz and Hanuscin's fellow faculty members surprised her with the award in her 9:00 a.m. class.

COLUMBIA — Deborah Hanuscin had to tell her students to turn over their quizzes when she saw MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton come into her classroom Friday morning.

Middleton awarded Hanuscin the last of five William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.


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The awards are given out annually to five outstanding teachers at MU and include a $10,000 award. The fellowships are funded by a $500,000 gift from the family of William Kemper, an MU graduate and Kansas City civic leader. The four other fellowships were given out earlier this week.

Upon receiving the award, Hanuscin praised her students, saying that she would not be the teacher she is without them.

"Thank you guys for making me love my job so much," she said to her class.

Hanuscin, an associate professor of science education in the MU College of Education and associate professor of physics since 2004, began her career as an elementary school teacher, later attending Indiana University to earn master's and doctoral degrees.

"She is indeed an outstanding educator in a field where there is a great need for outstanding teachers," said Daniel Clay, dean of the College of Education, in a news release.

"Without a doubt, the youth of the future will benefit greatly from the impact she is having on our future educators," he said.

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Barbara Hanuscin April 12, 2011 | 9:05 p.m.

I am so proud of you,Deborah. When you were younger and told me you wanted to be a teacher and I asked you why, your response was "We need good teachers"...well, Deb, you have exceeded that by far. congratulations and love,

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