University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

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Faculty Rewarded for Teaching Excellence > v^ m , ^ ' x ' j IT Karl Galinsky Classics James McKie Economics Joseph Moldenhauer English KMB * ofaie ind ' A Ma i IT K(U m a^ V i tMin. in . ..-. ' D:. .. ' -sis - .-- ^*lb* ; Austin, Texas and Rome, Italy are worlds apart, but Karl Galinsky, chairman of the Department of Classics, fit nicely into both. Galinsky, who once lived in Rome for two years, was one of only 45 scholars in the world invited to attend the celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of the Roman poet Virgil ' s death. Virgil, the author of the Roman epic " The Aeneid, " was the most prominent poet in the time of the emperor Augustus. He died in 19 B.C. The Italian government and the Virgilian Academy organized the celebration. After an opening speech by the president of Italy, Galinsky attended meetings and gave speeches in Rome (some meetings were at the Vatican) and then moved on to Naples, where Virgil spent much of his life. According to Galinsky, the Department of Classics at UT was one of the largest in the country, both in the variety of course of- ferings and in the number of students enroll- ed. Students from all majors enrolled in classics courses. " We are all things to all men, " Galinsky said of this diverse student body. He added that the courses in the department were designed to hit as broad a base as possible without being superficial. All in all, Galinsky was pleased with the way the Department of Classics had shaped up since he took office in 1966. After three years as a professor in the Department of Economics, Dr. James McKie said that he was " drafted " as depart- ment chairman in 1979- As chairman of the department with the smallest staff in propor- tion to student load at the UT, McKie striv- ed to improve the department ' s teaching ability by expanding the size of its staff at both undergraduate and graduate level. Raised in Texas, McKie received his bachelor ' s degree in economics from the University of Texas. After earning a doc- torate in industrial economics from Harvard in 1952, McKie said he came back from " ex- ile " to teach at the University. He served as dean of the former College of Behavioral Sciences for five years before it merged with several other colleges to become the College of Liberal Arts. Administrative duties did not leave McKie much free time. However he did find time for his research in energy economics, specifically the future of the petroleum in- dustry in Texas. McKie also found time to serve on Time magazine ' s board of economists as an energy economics specialist. The board consisted of eight economists who met four times a year in the Time office in New York City to answer the magazine ' s questions about the future of the United States economy. Dr. Joseph Moldenhauer, chairman of the Department of English, headed the world ' s largest university English department, with 250 faculty members. Chairman since 1978, Moldenhauer specifically praised his depart- ment for having the best rhetoric faculty in the country. He also described the specialty areas of bibliography, American literature, Renaissance studies, folklore studies and the Romantic period as " powerful. " Moldenhauer stressed the importance of English skills in everyday use. He said the correct usage of English is like playing the piano. " Practice must be daily, especially for developing correct writing skills, " he said. He believed writing ought to be stressed more heavily because " the experience of learning requires the experience of expres- sion, " he said. Moldenhauer thought that every department at UT should incorporate some type of writing in their programs. A specialist in textual editing, Moledenhauer became interested in the pro- cess of interpreting old drafts in the mid- 1960s. He discovered the mislocation of a whole episode while looking through an edi- tion of Thoreau ' s Maine Woods. Since Thoreau had not disposed of all his old drafts, Moldenhauer looked through them and found that the error was apparently made by the original editor and publisher. Liberal Arts 117

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LIBERAL ARTS Dean Robert King A person ' s hobby rarely becomes one ' s line of work as well, but for Dr. Robert King, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, that was exactly what happened. When King took a leave of absence from his computer programming job at IBM years ago, he became interested in linguistics. He applied his knowledge of linguistics to his hobby, the Yiddish language, in which he had become interested while attending school in Germany. King soon had a research topic: analyzing the construction and use of language and inves- tigating how and why language changes. Using Yiddish as a model, this research predicted how a language would change with time. King ' s educational background was far removed from a concentration on foreign language. At Georgia Tech, he studied mathematics. His senior year, he attended the University of Stuttgart in Germany. While in Germany, he became fluent in that nation ' s language and acquired an interest in German history and literature. King returned to Georgia Tech and received his bachelor ' s and master ' s degrees in mathematics. The goal of the College of Liberal Arts was to " main- tain departments which have already achieved excellence. " After his leave of absence from IBM, King came to the University of Texas in 1965 to teach linguistics and do research. He spent his summers doing research on the UT campus because most of the necessary books he would need could be found here. In 1976, King became dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which was consolidated in 1978 with several other colleges to become the College of Liberal Arts. With the consolidation, King became the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Since he spent most of his time during the long session perform- ing the duties of his positions as dean, summer was still the best time for doing his research. King said the goal of the College of Liberal Arts was to " maintain departments which have already achieved excellence. " Faculty members in all areas were rewarded for their outstanding teaching performance. King noted that UT President Peter Flawn was " most generous " in conferring the Presidential Association Teaching Award to more faculty in the College of Liberal Arts than to any other college in the UT. Liberal Arts S. C. Oliver Anthropology " A lot of science fiction deals essentially with contact between one culture and another, " said Dr. Chad Oliver, " and I sup- pose that ' s the thing that directed me into the anthropology area. " A professional science fiction writer since the age of 21, Oliver believed that anthropology was tailored to his basic interests. Oliver ' s association with UT began in 1946 when he enrolled as a freshman. In 1951, he received a bachelor ' s degree in Plan II and a year later, under the direction of Dr. Harry Ransom, was awarded a master ' s in English and anthropology. With the influence of now Professor Emeritus J. Gilbert McAlister during his senior year, Oliver entered UCLA and in 1961 received a doctorate in anthropology. In 1955, Oliver joined the University as an instructor and, except for his studies and visiting status at UCLA and UC-Riverside, the years were spent at the University. Oliver served as chairman from 1967 to 1971, and resumed his duties again in 1980. Oliver never had a doubt that he would spend his career teaching. Proof of this com- mitment was seen in the teaching awards he received: the Ransom Award for teaching excellence in the College of Liberal Arts, 1979-80; and the Presidential Teaching Award for Excellence in undergraduate teaching, 1981.



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LIBERAL ARTS Watching Students Grow and Learn Encourages James Stephens French and Italian George Hoffman Geography Walter Wetzels Germanic Languages \ The best way to understand a foreign language was to spend time in the country where it was spoken. This was a plan which Dr. James Stephens, chairman of the Depart- ment of French and Italian, wanted to see in- stituted at UT. According to Stephens, students could get a better grasp of the French or Italian language and culture if the student was able to live in the country for extended periods of time. Although there was a national trend toward increased enrollment in foreign language, its popularity on the UT campus was more pronounced than at other univer- sities. In 1981-82, the Department of French and Italian experienced a 17.5 percent in- crease in enrollment. " The growth, " said Stephens, " was due to the ' back-to-basics ' trend which swept the nation. " Led by Stephens, the department offered students the opportunity to expand and enrich their UT educations. Stephens regard- ed the department as a stepping stone to a broader, more complete education. Having traveled extensively in Europe, Stephen ' s familiarity with European culture enabled him to effectively evaluate the types of courses to initiate into the foreign language program. He hoped to create new classes which would include advanced studies in French and Italian literature and drama. " Twenty-four hours in a day is just not enough, " said Dr. George Hoffman, chair- man of the Department of Geography. Hoffman was a full-time teacher and the author of 15 books and more than 200 articles. Born and raised in Austria, Hoffman received his undergraduate degree in Vienna before immigrating to the United States shortly before World War II. During the war, Hoffman volunteered for the Army and served three years. During this time, he did geographical research for the army ' s in- telligence division. Hoffman came to the University of Texas as an assistant professor in 1949, when geography was a new department located in the war barracks that were on campus. In 33 years at the University, Hoffman saw the student population rise from 12,000 to more than 47,000 and the department faculty grow from four to 12 members. The department grew 40 percent between 1977, when Hoffman became chairman, and 1982. Dealing with subjects from resources and the environment to urban problems and world affairs, geography had become a vital and expanding field of interest. Hoffman emphasized geography as an interdisciplinary study and added many new courses such as Coastal Zones, in which students travel to the coast twice during the semester. Wearing a rainbow-plaid shirt and match- ing tie, Dr. Walter Wetzels certainly added color to the Department of Germanic Languages, which he chaired. Born in Ger- many, Wetzels first came to the United States in 1961 on a temporary visitor ' s visa as part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Pro- gram. In 1965, he came to the United States again and studied German literature at Princeton University where he earned his doctorate in 1968. He received a number of job offers, but decided on UT. " Texas sounded like the more exotic place, " Wetzels said. Wetzels believed that being chairman gave him the opportunity to put his ideas in- to action to make sure the department ' s future would be as bright as its past. Wetzels proudly stated that the graduate program was ranked third nationally, right behind the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University. As chairman, Wetzels was faced with try- ing to physically reunite the department, split into two different buildings due to space shortages. " Intellectual exchanges among faculty members were not easy when they were split up, " Wetzels said. Wetzels believed that such exchanges were important or " everybody sits in their own little hole and doesn ' t know what everybody else is do- ing, " he said. : 118 Liberal Arts

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