Umd Faculty Members Recognized For Excellence In Teaching And Scholarship

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced that two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors, Dr. Lewis Kamm and Dr. Gerard Koot, were selected to receive national awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship in their respective fields. This prestigious national recognition includes a combined award of $175,000 in grants from the NEH.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES RECOGNIZES UMD FACULTY MEMBERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP 


DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced that two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors, Dr. Lewis Kamm and Dr. Gerard Koot, were selected to receive national awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship in their respective fields. This prestigious national recognition includes a combined award of $175,000 in grants from the NEH. 

Dr. Kamm is a Chancellor Professor of French literature and Computer Science and serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This is the sixth time that NEH has selected Dr. Kamm to receive this award. Dr. Koot is a Chancellor Professor of History, the Department of History Chairman, and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. This is the seventh time that Dr. Koot has been selected. 

"These impressive national awards are further acknowledgment of the excellence in teaching and research that is at the core of our University's mission," said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. "The accomplishments of our distinguished faculty are a source of pride and inspiration for the entire campus community." 

The new award is part of the 2004 NEH program entitled Summer Seminars for School Teachers, during which Kamm and Koot will direct intensive four and five-week seminars. Dr. Kamm's seminar will be held at the UMass Dartmouth campus and will focus on French literature and art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Koot's seminar will take place at the University of Nottingham in England and will examine interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Each seminar will include fifteen of the nation's top schoolteachers who will be selected in national competition. 

Dr. Kamm joined the UMass Dartmouth faculty in 1971 after receiving his B.A. from Rutgers University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University. During his tenure at UMass Dartmouth, he has served as chairman of the Foreign Literature and Languages department, the director of the Honors Program, and the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. In addition, Kamm has served as the director of the Humanities-Social Sciences Program, the director of the Boivin Center for French, as well as President of the Faculty Senate. He has written a book on Emile Zola and has contributed dozens of scholarly articles and reviews on French literature and art that were published in various academic journals. Dr. Kamm is associate editor of Academic Exchange Quarterly, a journal devoted to theories and practices of teaching across the disciplines. He also serves on the editorial board of an international review on naturalism in film, literature, and art. 

Gerard Koot has written a comprehensive study on English Historical Economics, published by Cambridge University Press and has contributed numerous articles and reviews to prominent journals in history and the history of economic thought. He joined the UMass Dartmouth faculty in 1972 after completing his Ph.D. in History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. 

In addition to his current positions at the university, Dr. Koot has also served as the President of the Faculty Senate, as Executive Assistant to the President of the Dartmouth campus, and on numerous search and advisory committees. He has been a long-term member of the Dartmouth Historical Commission and the Dartmouth High School Council. Koot is a representative member of the Dartmouth Town Meeting, and served on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Committee for History and the Social Sciences. 

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. 


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