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Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. John Haddock, a professor of mathematical sciences was presented the 2011 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

Haddock began working at the University in 1970. Most recently he has taught Calculus I and II and Foundations of Mathematics. 

Dr. John Haddock, a professor of mathematical sciences, received the 2011 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Memphis. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)
Dr. John Haddock, a professor of mathematical sciences, received the 2011 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Memphis. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)

“I work closely with engineering students, and math has traditionally caused the most trouble for them,” said Kathy Atkinson, adviser in the Herff College of Engineering. “Dr. Haddock quickly establishes a rapport with students, who know he is available to help them outside of class. While he is not the only teacher who works with students outside of class, his clear instruction and concern for his students have made him in high demand.”

Said one Foundations of Math student, “Professor Haddock made me want to come to class. He was witty and fun and made math less of a nightmare for me. I can honestly say I looked forward to tests.”

Others praise him as patient and kind. “He’s very quick with feedback on how to figure out a problem,” said a student in Calculus I. “He doesn’t just give you an answer, but tells you how to get to that point. His limitless patience, tremendous mathematical knowledge and genuine interest in seeing his students do well all contribute to a learning experience that can only be described as superlative.”

Haddock earned his doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

The Briggs Award, established in 1996, is named for the founder of Welcome Wagon International. Nominees are judged on the basis of teaching skills, classroom performance, their role in the overall development of undergraduates and the results of student rating surveys.

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