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Winters named 2009 Distinguished Professor at APSU

The group of Austin Peay State University students crowded into the small prison cell in Athens, Greece, and as they looked around the old stone walls, no one said a word.

They were participating in the Universitys study abroad program to Greece, and as their professor, Dr. Tim Winters, explained, that prison cell is where, many centuries ago, the great thinker Socrates died.
The group of Austin Peay State University students crowded into the small prison cell in Athens, Greece, and as they looked around the old stone walls, no one said a word.

They were participating in the University's study abroad program to Greece, and as their professor, Dr. Tim Winters, explained, that prison cell is where, many centuries ago, the great thinker Socrates died.

Winters noted the “hushes reverence” of his students, as they stood in a place they'd previously only read about. One of his first initiatives when he arrived at APSU in 1997 was to develop this study abroad program in Greece, and, more than a decade later, it's merely one of the numerous achievements he's made while on the faculty.

That's why today he is being honored as the 2009 APSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recipient. The award is presented annually to a faculty member or department chairperson who has completed a minimum of four years of full-time teaching at Austin Peay. It includes a plaque and a check for $1,000 and is based on exemplary professional performance with a major emphasis on teaching.

In his time at the University, Winters has developed a strong B.A. program in the classics, establishing and teaching courses in civilization, literature, mythology and archeology.

The program has grown so much that APSU recently hosted the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention, bringing great visibility to the campus and the classics program.

Winters, however, is no stranger to scholastic accolades. He was previously honored with the Socrates Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and he also received the Award for Excellence in College Teaching from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

He has had numerous articles published in academic journals, and he has a textbook on Homer being published this summer, which he wrote in collaboration with a colleague in Ohio.

Winters has also served as an elected member of the University's Faculty Senate for nine of his 12 years on campus, including three terms as the Senate president.

The Distinguished Professor Award was first presented in 1975 to Dr. Ed Irwin. Previous winners of the award become eligible to receive it again when 20 years have passed.

For more information, please contact Charles Booth in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7597 or boothcw@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth