Two CCFA Professors Awarded Faudree Professorship

Dr. Joe Hayden, professor in the Department of Journalism, and Bob Hetherington, professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance, received the 2015 Ralph Faudree University Professorship. The Faudree Professorship is a three-year rewards program that makes investments in prized faculty.

Graduate coordinator for Journalism, Hayden has professional experience in television news as a writer, reporter and producer. The professorship will provide monetary support for Hayden's research, which includes his interest in presidential-press relations. He is the author of "Covering Clinton," "A Dubya in the Headlights" and "Negotiating the Press." He is working on a writing style focused companion piece to his book "The Little Grammar Book." In 2008, he received the Thomas W. Briggs Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hetherington chaired the Department of Theatre & Dance from 1997-2002. Recently, he served as the inaugural provost fellow at UofM and completed a year as special assistant to the president for Strategic Planning. He was twice honored with Tyrone Guthrie Awards for artistic work at Canada's Stratford Festival and has been the recipient of the Dean's Creative Achievement Award and the Alumni Association Achievement Award. Hetherington's teaching interests include stage directing, theatre history, dramatic literature, Shakespeare and musical theatre.

Mr. and Mrs. Jabie Hardin established the professorship in honor of Dr. Ralph Faudree, past provost for the University of Memphis. Nominated by department chairs and college administrators, full and associate tenured professors who have served the university for 10 years are eligible. The program is designed to reach the university's goal of becoming a top urban research institution by retaining the best and brightest faculty members.