The UT Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society honored Assistant Professor Jon Hathaway for his exceptional contributions as a faculty member and was unanimously selected by its members to receive the Outstanding Faculty Award.
The Outstanding Faculty Award acknowledges a faculty member for going above and beyond in the classroom to make lasting positive impacts on students. The award is given at the society’s annual induction ceremony and recognizes a unique member of the UT faculty who has consistently demonstrated genuine concern for student success.
CEE undergraduate junior Danielle Ursprung nominated Hathaway for the award and said that he quickly became a mentor to her. “Not only is he always available to his students as an academic resource, but he is also someone that has helped me in making career decisions by giving valuable life advice,” she said. “He cares deeply about his research and inspires me in the field of Water Resources Engineering. His kind demeanor and excitement for learning make him stand out to me as a faculty member.”
UT Chapter President Donna Mehdiyar added, “On behalf of our advisors, officers, and members, we are extremely grateful for faculty like Hathaway who devote so much of their time and effort into ensuring a welcoming, interesting, and professional academic environment on our campus.”
“Phi Eta Sigma is instrumental in helping foster academic achievement on campus,” said Hathaway. “I am very honored to be recognized by the organization. This award is particularly special as it is conferred by students, the lifeblood of our campus.”
The UT Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society is committed to high academic achievement and professional development. It inducts freshmen after their first semester of enrollment at UT if they meet the 3.5 GPA requirement and are non-transfer students. Each month the society hosts a themed member meeting and service event, each of which aims to maximize members’ scholastic pursuits and engage them within the community. Members of our chapter benefit from a range of values including leadership opportunities, volunteer experience, and academic support.