|Dr. Tom Barden|
Dr. Tom Barden, director of the Honors Program and professor of English. He began teaching at the
1976 and was named director of the Honors Program in February.
"Ihave a lot of faith in the things I study and teach - the novels and poems, the
folktales and songs, and all of the other
cultural materials an English professor gets to put on a syllabus. I love this stuff
and I can't imagine a better way to spend my
time than studying it," Barden said. "My goal in the classroom is to guide my students
through it and to get across some of my
enthusiasm for it along the way."
|Dr. Zelijko Cuckovic|
Zeljko Cuckovic, professor of mathematics. He has been at UT since 1994.
"He has a dynamic personality, is extremely interested in student comprehension and success, and teaches in a very logical, clear and concise manner," wrote one nominator. Another wrote, "In Dr. Cuckovic's class, a C is equal to an A in any other class. It might seem kind of harsh, but think about that the next time you drive over a bridge or go to the fifth floor. Who would you want to crunch the numbers for those structures? I'm sure you would want an engineer who developed his/her sharp math skills under the direction of Dr. Cuckovic."
"A thorough knowledge of the subject area is very important. I have taught a wide-range of classes, from college algebra to Ph.D. courses. No matter what level I teach, I always want to be well-prepared, but also leave room for improvisation," Cuckovic said. "Learning is an active process, and I encourage student participation and promote creativity as much as possible. I am a demanding professor but always try to be fair and help students as much as possible."
|Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach|
Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, assistant professor of foundations of education. She began teaching at UT in 1999.