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Foote Receives 2013 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award

Richard Foote, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been named the recipient of the 2013 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award by the UVM Alumni Association. While many faculty, alumni and students wrote in support of the nomination, the sentiment of the advocates can best be represented in the words of a former student who wrote, "Professor Foote does not teach, he changes lives."

A member of the faculty since 1981, and a previous winner of the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), Foote was nominated for his effectiveness as a teacher, including: his ability to provoke student interest and enthusiasm; his commitment to student advising; and for his effectiveness in motivating students in ways that have a lasting influence on their lives and for his ability to constructively influence campus life beyond the classroom.

"I view this award as really a tribute to all the students, faculty and staff I have had the privilege of working with,” Foote says. “I have been especially lucky to have such wonderful and gifted people to first have as students, and then as (often long-distance) colleagues and friends, and to keep in touch with as they go on in life to so many outstanding and diverse accomplishments. I am deeply touched by all their appreciation; and I remember vividly and with enduring fondness the classes, help sessions, meetings, flashes of revelation, hours of struggle, joyful triumphs, and just the simple one-on-one friendly conversations with so many marvelous students over my 30-plus years at UVM."

“This prestigious recognition of Dr. Foote reflects the academic excellence found within CEMS and its faculty,” said Bernard “Chip” Cole, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. “Richard is also well known worldwide for his much-admired advanced algebra textbook, Abstract Algebra, which is co-authored with UVM colleague David Dummit.” Now in its 3rd edition, the book is the most widely used abstract algebra graduate textbook in the country.