Irvin Tankersley Wins Honors Program Teaching Award
Professor Irvin Tankersley has won another award for his excellence in teaching. Each year, honors students
from across the University of Memphis campus have the opportunity to nominate a professor
for the Honors Program’s Excellence in Honors Teaching Award. This is an award that
that allows students a chance to honor an effective and imaginative professor who
has taught an honors seminar during the course of the academic year.
In nominating him, students praised Prof. Tankersley's ability to explain difficult
concepts clearly, his good sense of humor, his sense of organization, and his friendly
and approachable personality. One student said, "I can tell he really enjoys teaching
and does not find it a burden to have face time with his students." Another wrote,
“Prof. Tankersley instructs with the fullest intention of helping students comprehend
According to his students, Prof. Tankersley’s ACCT 3130 Legal, Social, and Political
Environment of Business is rigorous and challenging, but he manages to make learning
the material more entertaining than drudgery for his students. For instance, he routinely
invites guest speakers to his class (e.g., Tennessee Chief Justice Janice Holder)
to enhance and enrich the course material.
Prof. Tankersley is always available to advise students. In the words of one of his
students in ACCT 3130, "I feel that he is one of the professors that I will be able
to come back and meet with even though I will no longer be his student."
According to Dr. Melinda Jones, Director of the Helin Hardin Honors Program, "It is
instructors like Prof. Tankersley, and the others who students nominated, that make
the Honors Program a success."
Congratulations and thanks, once again, to Professor Tankersley.