Ed Watts receives Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Ed Watts, a professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington, is the recipient of an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2006-2007. The award, presented annually by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, enables tenure-track faculty to enhance their research programs and recognizes junior faculty who have devoted considerable time to IU's research, teaching and service missions.
Watts, who joined the faculty in 2003, studies the intellectual and religious history of the later Roman Empire. He recently published a book titled City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria, which reexamined a number of historical assumptions about classical pagan education and its influence on later pedagogical trends.
"Professor Ed Watts is one of the most dynamic young scholars that IU has employed in recent years," said Claude Clegg, chair of the Department of History at IUB. "He has produced first-rate scholarship that has notably influenced the direction of the study of ancient history, and his courses regularly attract sizable cohorts of both undergraduate and graduate students. The History Department is quite pleased to have him in its ranks and is honored by both his contributions to our program as well as the recognition that the university has bestowed upon him. Professor Watts is a model faculty member and represents the very best in IU's tradition of intellectual leadership and scholarly achievement."
Other recipients of this year's Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards are Kay Connelly and Minaxi Gupta from the School of Informatics; Sara Friedman from the Anthropology Department; and Dongwhan Lee from Department of Chemistry.
Each recipient receives $14,500 to support his or her research and creative activity.