For the 10th year, the University of Memphis honored two faculty members with its
Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award. Dr. Robert Blanton and Sara Williams
accepted their awards during the University's annual Faculty Convocation April 20.
Dr. Blanton is the Dunavant Professor of Political Science. He also directs the International
Studies Program and the Governor's School for International Studies. Blanton maintains
an active research agenda that focuses on the relationship between economic interactions
and social and political rights.
Those who pass by his office may find him discussing anything from "international
economic policy, to the Dead Kennedys, back to the Rwandan Genocide, and finally talking
about educational pursuits, all in 10 minutes time." As one student noted, "The primary
reason Dr. Blanton deserves this award is that he cares about his students, their
interests and their long-term goals. He has a talent for helping them find the intersection
of these thing." Blanton tailors each academic plan according to the needs of the
individual student and the available resources, and cares deeply about the academic
progress of each of his students. (photo by Susan Prater)