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Barry Hannah one of first 3 to receive University of Mississippi Distinguished Faculty Fellowships

Sep. 6, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — Critically acclaimed Mississippi writer Barry Hannah was honored again this week as one of the first three faculty members ever to receive the three-year Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Fellowships at the University of Mississippi.

Hannah is writer in residence in the university’s Department of English. The other two recipients are professors David Graves in chemistry and biochemistry and Alan Gross in psychology. Each receives $10,000 per year for the three years he holds the fellowship.

“These faculty members represent the best of the College of Liberal Arts, in teaching, in research and creative accomplishment, and in serving the community,” said Glenn Hopkins, liberal arts dean.

The fellowships are intended to reward and support faculty members who have developed distinguished records and who hold the rank of full professor or have held the title of writer- or artist-in-residence for at least 10 years. The annual stipends may be used by the recipients in any way they choose.

Hannah received the Robert Penn Warren Lifetime Achievement Award in fiction three years ago. He has enjoyed a national reputation since 1972, and his creative writing class is one of the most popular on campus.

“In the 20 years he has served as writer-in-residence, he has helped many students establish their own careers in fiction,” Hopkins said. “We are most fortunate to have Barry Hannah on this campus.”

Graves has a strong research record, publishing frequently in prestigious journals, Hopkins said. During Graves’ 18 years on the faculty, he has attracted more than $2 million in research funding.

“He recently was a driving force behind the creation of a bachelor of arts in biochemistry,” a program that has attracted more than 90 students to major in it, Hopkins said.

Gross is a prolific researcher with more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

“His teaching is exemplary, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and he has recently taken on the important position of director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology,” the dean said.

Last spring, each department in the college was asked to nominate a candidate for a fellowship. A committee appointed by Hopkins reviewed nominations and made recommendations. Recipients were announced at spring commencement ceremonies.

The Distinguished Faculty Fellowships are funded through the University Foundation, with support provided by alumni and friends and the Hardin Foundation.

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