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Lynn Fisher named University Scholar for 2006

October 4, 2006

Lynn Fisher, UIS' University Scholar for 2006, accepts the award from David Chicoine, U of I interim vice president for academic affairs.

SPRINGFIELD – Lynn Fisher, associate professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2006-2007. She is one of 16 faculty members, and the only one from UIS, chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars at the three U of I campuses.

University Scholars receive $10,000 a year for three years to support research and other scholarly activities.

Materials nominating Fisher for the award hail her as "an outstanding teacher-scholar who engages and inspires students with her student-centered approach to teaching and impressive record of scholarly work" and note her "unusual ability to engage in the creation of important new knowledge and at the same time share that knowledge with students."

Her teaching and research interests include ecological anthropology, European prehistory, prehistoric technology, and hunting and gathering societies and she has done extensive fieldwork in Germany, Switzerland, and France. Her work on prehistoric farming in Germany with a team of international researchers and students earned her the Tubingen/Romina Prize for Ice Age Research from the University of Tubingen in 2001, and she has also received a Fulbright Foundation Senior Research and Teaching Award. Currently she is working with UIS students on the New Philadelphia Project in Pike County. (New Philadelphia was the first village in the United States incorporated by a black man.) She serves as an adjunct research associate in anthropology with the Illinois State Museum.

Fisher came to UIS in 2000 from Oberlin College, where she had been a visiting instructor. She earned the B.A. in anthropology at Oberlin and the M.A. and Ph.D. in the same subject at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The University Scholars program was inaugurated in 1985 when the U of I Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program's purpose, then and now, is to strengthen the University in meeting today's challenges and tomorrow's promise. Faculty do not apply for this award; they are nominated by their peers. A committee of senior faculty makes the final selection.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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