Elizabeth Hayes Turner, professor of History, is one of three UNT faculty who received the Distinguished Teaching Professor distinction this spring. This award recognizes tenured faculty at the rank of professor who perform outstanding teaching, teach at the introductory levels of their disciplines and promote the continuous development of teaching excellence and improved teaching among their colleagues in the UNT community.
Turner is no stranger to being recognized for her excellence in the classroom. In 2009, Turner was nominated by the History Department for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award which recognizes outstanding college professors across Texas. "Turner embodies the credo that we wish all teaching historians would embrace, which is that an effective teacher never quits trying to find new ways to teach" says Richard McCaslin, department of History chair. "I would argue that no faculty person in Texas, and perhaps the United States, surpasses Turner in her commitment to lifelong learning, her desire to explore ways to be a more effective teacher, and in her devotion to students, which to me is a clear indicator of teaching success." Students also laud Turner for her effective and engaging instruction. "This is the most interesting class I have ever taken. I loved the course and I loved the teacher. Possibly my most favorite class ever" says one student.
Turner is the author of Women and Gender in the New South, 1865-1945 (2009) and Women, Culture, and Community: Religion and Reform in Galveston, 1880-1920 (1997). In spring 2011, she was awarded a Bill & Rita Clements Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America from the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University and elected as a fellow by the Texas State Historical Association. In 2003, she was a Fulbright Lecturer to the University of Genoa, Italy. Dr. Turner will be designated “University Distinguished Teaching Professor” and will receive a one- time supplement of $5,000. She will also be recognized at UNT's annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony on September 27, 2013.