May 2, 2018 Students and Faculty Honored with Chancellor’s Awards; Dunn Named Top Researcher

Student Dillon Dunn shakes Chancellor's Davenport's hand

UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport celebrated the achievements of faculty and students across UT Knoxville, including many in our college, during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 17.  In particular, Dillon Dunn, a fifth-year Architecture student, was lauded with many awards:

  • Undergraduate Researcher of the Year
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Top Collegiate Scholar
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Academic Achievement
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise

The Undergraduate Researcher of the Year award honors one junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate research through independent inquiry, classes and student employment.  Dunn’s passion for research into European and Asian architecture and its interaction with religion and culture was explored through the 2017-2018 Aydelott Travel Award.  Read more of Dunn’s nomination.

Joining Dunn as Academic Achievement and Extraordinary Professional Promise award recipients are these stellar students:

  • Academic Achievement:  Allison Bosarge (Interior Architecture), Susan Stewart (Interior Architecture), Graham Taylor (Architecture) and Mustapha Williams (Architecture)
  • Extraordinary Professional Promise:  Lauren Buntemeyer (Graduate Architecture), Rachel Hunt (Interior Architecture) and Danny Rose (Landscape Architecture)

Additionally, Lauren Higdon was named an Outstanding Scholar Athlete.  Higdon is a member of the UT Rowing team.

Faculty also were lauded by Chancellor Davenport.  Congratulations to Assoc. Professor Brad Collett, who received the Excellence in Academic Outreach honor, and Assoc. Professor Brian Ambroziak, who received an Excellence in Teaching award.

The Excellence in Academic Outreach award honors faculty who exemplify UT’s land-grant mission by using intellectual capital to benefit the citizens of Tennessee.  Collett’s integrated scholarship and leadership in bringing to light issues with fresh water in the Southeast were included in his accolades.

The Excellence in Teaching award is bestowed by the Office of the Chancellor and the Teaching Council of the Faculty Senate to honor outstanding work in the classroom.  Ambroziak was lauded for his passion and inspirational teaching using unconventional methods for helping students analyze architecture and think critically.

“These awards are representative of the curiosity and desire to explore that are pervasive in our college’s maker culture,” said Scott Poole, dean.  “When students and faculty are noted for excellence, we all are encouraged to reach higher in our pursuits of creative discovery.  I congratulate these professors and students who represent our college so well.”

Read about all of the faculty and students honored by Chancellor Davenport.