Professor John Neff’s Door was Always Open

Noted Civil War scholar and professor remembered for approachable nature and devotion to students

OXFORD, Miss. – Noell Wilson remembers beloved University of Mississippi history professor John Neff, with his distinguished, thick gray beard, always keeping his office door open and sitting there deep in conversation with his students.  Neff and the students often would be working on a large wooden table with drafts laid out to focus on theirRead the story …

Pharmacy Faculty Selected to AACP House of Delegates

David Colby and Noa Valcarcel will represent university at national meetings

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi faculty members David Colby and Noa Valcarcel have been selected to represent the School of Pharmacy in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy House of Delegates. Colby, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, will serve during the 2020 AACP annual meeting in Long Beach, California. It will be Colby’sRead the story …

New Faculty, Old Friends Set to Share the Stage Sunday

First of two weekend recitals in a row scheduled for Nutt Auditorium

OXFORD, Miss. – Two new members of the University of Mississippi music faculty – old friends, actually – are teaming with a faculty pianist to create a perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon: a recital of beautiful chamber music at 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 9) in Nutt Auditorium. Flutist Nave Graham and oboist AustinRead the story …

From POW to Peace Advocate, Professor Shines on International Stage

Zenebe Beyene speaks at Nobel event, plans international partnership for reconciliation in Ethiopia

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi journalism professor Zenebe Beyene was a student at Ethiopia’s naval academy in 1990, he found himself captured by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front and became a prisoner of war.  From his office in Farley Hall, Beyene said the terrifying experience decades ago shaped his life. Zenebe, an assistant professorRead the story …

Admissions Counselor Named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Anna Lauren Heavener recognized for excellent service to transfer students

OXFORD, Miss. – A transfer admissions counselor at the University of Mississippi has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society to serve as a faculty scholar for the organization’s 2020 summer conference. Anna Lauren Heavener is among 30 PTK chapter advisers and alumni nationwide chosen for Honors Institute, PTK’s annual weeklong honors conference.Read the story …

Professor Participating in Bridge-Building Mission to Israel

David Holben part of academic exchange exploring country's history, politics and culture

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor is preparing to join colleagues from universities and colleges across the country to travel to Israel on the 2019-20 Winter Faculty Fellowship Program. David H. Holben, professor of nutrition and hospitality management, will be among 28 educators to participate in the program, which is a competitive academic fellowshipRead the story …

Tunneling Through: Engineering Professor Assists in Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Project

Lance Yarbrough spent a lot of his summer deep underground

OXFORD, Miss. – For five weeks straight, Lance Yarbrough spent most of his days at the end of a tunnel 600 feet below the Hudson River. The assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at the University of Mississippi was watching “Nora” – a 470-foot-long, 2.7-million-pound tunnel boring machine – mine through rock 900 feet beneath theRead the story …

Education Professor Helps Land $1.37 Million Research Grant

National Science Foundation funds science education development project

OXFORD, Miss. – What started as a dissertation has turned into a $1.37 million grant project funded by the National Science Foundation that may help improve professional development for science educators across the nation. Brooke Whitworth, assistant professor of science education at the University of Mississippi, is helping lead this effort, which started with her doctoralRead the story …

Professor Receives National Geography Teaching Award

Ellen Foster recognized by National Council of Geographic Education

OXFORD, Miss. – Ellen J. Foster, associate professor of social studies education at the University of Mississippi, is the recipient of a 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award in Higher Education from the National Council of Geographic Education. NCGE is a nonprofit that enhances the quality of geography education from kindergarten through higher education. Each year, the Distinguished Teaching Award recognizesRead the story …

UM Hires New Faculty Development Director

Josh Eyler looks to improve campus critical thinking

OXFORD, Miss. – Josh Eyler has been hired as the director of faculty development at the University of Mississippi. The position is part of the university’s new Academic Innovations Group, or AIG, a unit working to improve and innovate teaching and learning at the university and responsible for fulfilling the goals of ThinkForward, the university’s new QualityRead the story …