​Paris Lambdin is the winner of the Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award

Paris Lambdin, UTIA Lidvall Teaching Award Winner, 2016

Paris Lambdin, professor in entomology and plant pathology, was honored with the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award. Pictured in the photo are (left - right) Dr. Caula Behl, Dean of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Don Williams, CASNR graduate and philatrophist who established the award; Dr. Paris Lambdin, award winner; and Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Paris Lambdin, professor in entomology and plant pathology, was honored with the Institute’s Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award.

Lambdin has worked for the Institute of Agriculture for 42 years, and is known for his research in the world of insect biodiversity. He and his colleagues have developed predatory insects which are introduced into our ecosystems as a control agent against more harmful pests. Lambdin also has discovered some three dozen insect species.

This award honors Lambdin for his remarkable teaching career in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). He teaches courses such as Impact of Insects and Plant Diseases on Human Societies and Forest Insects and Diseases. He has served on the Chancellor’s Academic Outreach Council and CASNR’s Undergraduate Advisory Council. He has also been honored in the past with the Overton Faculty Merit Award, UT’s Golda Moss Teaching Award, and the Entomological Society of America SEB Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.

“A teacher must be enthusiastic in the presentation of materials, open to discussion and change, and must listen to and respect the student’s opinions,” Lambdin says. “It is indeed an honor to receive the Williams – ‘Prof’ Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award. I am most grateful to CASNR, the review committee and all those who supported me for this honor. Because each student is special – having a myriad of ways to learn – this award is an inspiration to teachers to continually seek opportunities to provide the student with confidence, a knowledge base, and the framework to meet the challenges of the future.” 
“I’m a better teacher and advisor today because of my close, working relationship with Paris,” says colleague Jerome Grant. 

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

This award was established by Donald Williams, a 1961 graduate of the College of Agriculture, and honors his former professor and mentor, Professor E.R. Lidvall. The award recognizes faculty who exemplify Lidvall’s commitment to excellence in the classroom.

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Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Dr. Paris Lambdin, 865-974-7952, plambdin@utk.edu