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Kemper Award Honors Great Teaching

MU surprises five outstanding teachers.

Berkley Hudson Mizzou Kemper Award

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin presents Berkley Hudson with a Kemper award (and a flower) April 1, 2015. Photo by Rob Hill.

Berkley Hudson’s students call him a dedicated, innovative and compassionate teacher who works hard to discover and cultivate his students’ talents. The associate professor of journalism also has been known to wear funny hats, bang on drums and take class field trips to a cave in his quest to teach great magazine writing.

On April 1, Hudson was awarded one of the 2015 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which includes a $10,000 check. Kemper Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding teachers at Mizzou each year. This year marks the 25th class of Kemper fellows since the program was established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. The late William T. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a banker and civic leader in Kansas City.

Being a teacher isn’t something that Berkley Hudson just does; it’s something he is,” says Heather Lamb, assistant professor of journalism. “I have watched Berkley hold the rapt attention of an entire room of students, teaching assistants and faculty as he shared his vision for a magazine piece or his knowledge and passion on a topic. He pushes all those with whom he comes into contact to think more, care more, try differently — and he helps students become the best versions of themselves.”

The other 2015 Kemper award winners are Elisa Glick, associate professor of women’s and gender studies; Rachel Harper, director of the MU Writing Center; Nicole Monnier, associate teaching professor of German and Russian studies; and Trista Strauch, assistant teaching professor in animal sciences.