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 Here's some great news about Elaine Lawless:

http://archive.showmenews.com/2001/Dec/20011223News005.asp

 Excerpt:
Curators honor 6 MU professors:
  Prestigious awards include higher salaries

-CHRIS BIRK of the Columbia Daily Tribune
 
Sunday, December 23, 2001

                  While there are myriad awards and honors handed out at the University of Missouri-Columbia and within the UM system, the annual Curators' Professorship reigns paramount: Faculty members without outstanding scholarship and an established international reputation need not apply.

               Six MU professors - from the colleges of Education,  Business, and Arts and Science - were recently named recipients of the  prestigious award. They are Dale Cutkosky, a professor of algebraic geometry; Elaine Lawless, who teaches English and women's studies; Lizette Peterson-Homer, a professor of clinical psychology; Robert Reys, a mathematics education professor; Rod Santos, another English department professor; and James Wall Jr., a professor of management.

                  Nominations for the award pass from the four campus chancellors to President Manuel Pacheco, and the Board of Curators makes the final call.

                  "The nomination process requires letters, and the individual has to have a reputation that's not only national but international," said Stephen Lehmkuhle, vice president for academic affairs. "These individuals are clearly our top researchers and scholars."

                  The professorship, which also comes with a $6,000 to $10,000 salary increase, is a way of recognizing faculty members who are of the same status of endowed chairs. MU has more than 35 endowed chairs, which are filled by professionals and academics from outside the university.

                  "The difference between these individuals and our endowed chairs is that these faculty members are our own, whereas the endowed are  individuals we attract from outside," Lehmkuhle said. "These are individuals that have reached the highest status at the university."

                  Martin Camargo, chairman of the English department, told  Lawless last spring that he wanted to nominate her for the award. She  gathered a list of people who could vouch for her scholarly work, then waited patiently. Camargo also nominated Santos for the professorship, and curators found room for both applicants.

                  "We did really well in the English department," Lawless said yesterday. "It's the highest rank that a professor can have at the university, and to be in that select group is extraordinary. I feel very honored."

                  Lawless is editor of the Journal of American Folklore and was nominated for president of the American Folklore Society in 1999. She has published five books and won more than 25 awards and fellowships. Still, she said students keep her coming back to the classroom.

                  "In my teaching career, students really come first," she said. "I have undergraduates and graduates that totally energize me. I do a lot outside the classroom ... but rather than disappear into my own research, I make teaching and research interact." . . .

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