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Sound Off: Kemper teaching awards


<b>Did I miss seeing coverage of the Kemper teaching awards this year? Usually the KU chancellor begins surprising recipients on first day of classes, but I haven’t read anything about the awards this year.</b>

The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, or Kemper Awards, saw their final year in 2011. From the awards’ first year in 1996 until 2011, $1.55 million was given out as cash gifts to about 300 faculty members. Funding came from the Kemper Foundation and KU Endowment. In a 2012 statement, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little thanked the Kemper Foundation for its support and said she knew the awards were not meant to be permanent.

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