Lisa Muller, Professor in UTIA Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, Wins the Williams - E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award

Picture of Lisa Muller with UTIA leaders

Pictured from left to right: Caula Beyl, dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture; Lisa Muller, professor, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice President Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide Real. Life. Solutions. to challenging issues every day,” says Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach and service programs that benefit our stakeholders, and serves as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Lisa Muller, professor in UTIA Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, is the winner of the Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching award. 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. Muller also won this award in 2012.

“I am honored to receive the Williams – E.R. ‘Prof’ Lidvall Outstanding Teacher Award,” says Muller. “I love working with students and being part of their professional journey. I thank all the students for their passion, curiosity and energy. It is the students who push me to be the best teacher I can be.”

Muller has been with UTIA 20 years, and currently serves as Interim Department Head in FWF. She’s taught classes such as “Wildlife and Fisheries Management” and “Ecology of Mammals.” Muller is also known for her establishing Tennessee’s elk population – overseeing the release of these animals into the wild in 2000 - and maintaining the health of our deer. In fact, her Twitter handle is @utdeer.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



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Lisa Muller, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, 865-974-7126,