Each year the Alumni Association sponsors two faculty awards: the Alumni Master Teacher and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research. This year’s awards went to Associate Professor of Finance Jack G. Wolf as Alumni Master Teacher and chemistry professor Joseph Kolis for research.
The Alumni Master Teacher Award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to the faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council (SAC).
“Dr. Wolf was chosen because he genuinely cares about his students achieving excellence in and out of the classroom,” said Sterling Lecy, vice president of Clemson Blue Key Honor Society and past president of SAC. “He consistently goes the extra mile to make sure Clemson’s business program is producing top candidates for post-graduate opportunities and devotes his own time to understanding the intersection between theory and practice that is so often overlooked.”
The Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research is presented each May at the spring faculty meeting. Wil Brasington, senior director of alumni relations, presented the award to Kolis, a professor of inorganic chemistry. Kolis’ group studies the synthesis and chemistry of novel inorganic compounds with unusual structures and properties. The group is particularly interested in chemistry under very unusual reaction conditions, such as with very high temperatures and pressures, or in exotic solvents.