Two professors who have a combined six decades of teaching experience at the University of Utah have been named University Professors for the 1989-90 academic year.
Art professor Dorothy Bearnson and economics professor James M. Rock were selected from a field of 11 distinguished undergraduate teachers nominated by faculty and students."Both of these professors possess all the qualities we seek in the university professorship," said L. Jackson Newell, dean of liberal education. "They are energetic, their proposals are imaginative and deal with matters of real importance to our society, and for over many decades each of them has given substance to the ideal of the complete professor."
Bearnson, a Salt Lake native, was described by one colleague as "one of Utah's great artistic treasures." Her ceramic creations are exhibited and celebrated throughout the world, and she has taught and studied extensively in Finland and Japan.
Newell said Bearnson is loved and respected as a teacher who inspires her students with vision to unite culture, clay and technique in the creation of art.
Rock is widely recognized as a superior teacher and scholar and as a professor whose generous community service has advanced the cause of justice and equality in Utah, said Newell.
He has received many distinguished awards for teaching and service, including citations from the Alberta Henry Education Foundation, Utah Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Daily Utah Chronicle and his colleagues on campus. A scholar recognized for his knowledge of money and banking, he is currently writing a book on post-Keynesian economics.