Two University of Montana faculty members, Leora Bar-el and Robert Greene, received the Cox Award for Teaching Excellence.
Bar-el is an assistant professor of linguistics in the anthropology department, who has been successful with her research program on Salish languages. She teaches introductory to graduate-level courses, and most of her courses include a research component.
Greene is an associate professor in the history department. In addition to teaching introductory- to graduate-level courses, he also teaches courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM.
The Helen and Winston Cox Educational Award is made annually to UM faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences who are not yet tenured. The prestigious award helps the college attract and retain high-quality faculty. Award winners exhibit superior teaching skills and dedication to advising and mentoring students. The award is the highest honor given by the College of Arts and Sciences for early career faculty.
The award was established by the Cox children to honor their parents. Winston Cox was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse and an oil man.