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Feb. 11, 2004

Hamot First Recipient Of Iowa Social Studies Council Award

University of Iowa Social Studies Education Associate Professor Greg Hamot is the first recipient of the Iowa Council of the Social Studies' John Haefner Award.

The award, named after UI Professor Emeritus John Haefner, recognizes a career of outstanding teaching, continuous learning and service to the social studies education profession.

"Greg exemplifies what we think good teaching is all about, which is what John Haefner did," said Carol Brown, executive secretary for the Iowa Council of Social Studies. "He is an outstanding methods professor, always willing and available to teach, discuss and advise teachers."

Haefner, who retired from his work as a professor of social studies education in 1982, said he's humbled that the council named its award after him.

"I feel that it's undeserved, but a wonderful feeling nonetheless," he said. "It's tangible evidence that I had some success in touching lives."

Haefner said he was pleased to hear Hamot would receive the award. "I respect him," he said, noting that Hamot is well trained in history and the social sciences, and also active in making contact with teachers throughout
the state.

Hamot has been teaching in the College of Education since 1995. Before coming to Iowa, he taught high school in Chicago and its suburbs for 15 years.

Hamot said accepting the award was "extremely gratifying," but he doesn't want to take all the credit.

"Great students make great teachers and vice versa," he said. "I've been blessed in my entire career to have great students. They make me look good."

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