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Award to honor USI's Braysmith

Award to honor USI's Braysmith

8/9/2002 | University Communications
Dr. Hilary Braysmith, USI associate professor of art history, will be honored with the 2002 H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award at University of Southern Indiana's Fall Faculty and Administrative Staff Meeting, which will begin at 8:15 a.m. Monday, August 19, in the University Center's Carter Hall.

The award, focusing exclusively on teaching, honors a faculty member whose work in University Core courses has been especially creative and successful in furthering UCC goals.

In nominating Braysmith for the award, her colleague, Joan Kempf, assistant professor of graphic design, wrote:

"Her classes set the stage for students to work hard and reach high academic standards. Whether or not they pursue any additional art history courses, these achievements will serve them in their future courses of study, professional careers, or life experiences….

"In all of her core curriculum courses, Dr. Braysmith strongly emphasizes critical thinking and information processing. She does this by challenging her students to analyze and compare works of art throughout the ages while opening their minds to understanding art."

Braysmith's areas of specialization are modern and contemporary art, and art by and about women. A member of the Graduate Council, Honors Council, and RISC Committee, she has won numerous scholarships, fellowships, and awards, and is a published author who has chaired sessions, given workshops, and presented papers and lectures.

She joined the University in 1989 and holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Ohio State University.

The H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award is named for an Evansville philanthropist and long-time supporter of USI. It includes a $1,500 stipend plus additional funds available for faculty development.

As part of the award, Braysmith will make a presentation that relates to teaching or educational philosophy on campus during the 2002-03 academic year.
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