MU journalism professor awarded 2016 Kemper Fellowship
COLUMBIA - A Missouri School of Journalism professor received one of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching and Excellence Tuesday.
MU interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz suprised Associate Professor Earnest Perry with the fellowship. The fellowship includes a $10,000 check and is awarded to five teachers at MU each year.
Dean Mills, the Missouri School of Journalism Dean Emeritus, said Perry was a large part in transforming courses with new lecture styles and small discussion groups.
“Over the course of a decade, Perry led faculty efforts as chair of the Journalism Studies faculty, as chair of ad hoc groups charged with revision, and as a faculty member deeply dedicated to the importance of these courses,” said Mills.
Former faculty member, Maria Len-Rios said, "Earnest built a strong program, and it made a difference to the hundreds, and now thousands of students who have gone through the curriculum."
Earnest Perry has been an MU faculty member since 2003. Perry advocates for inclusion and diversity. His goal as a journalism professor is to teach his students to gain as much knowledge a possible. Perry also recently served as the co-editor of the textbook, "Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity".