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Faculty Senate honors five retiring professors

The UTC Faculty Senate and the entire campus community recognizes the following retiring faculty members for their outstanding service to the University:

  • Dan Baker (Teacher Preparation Academy)
  • Eugene Bartoo (Education Graduate Studies Division)
  • Gary Litchford (Biological and Environmental Sciences)
  • Thomas Waddell (Chemistry)
  • Thomas Ware (English)

Dan BakerDr. Dan Baker, Professor of Education—Teacher Preparation Academy, joined the UTC faculty in 1976. Since his initial appointment, Baker has served as assistant, associate and full professor and as director of Student Teaching for 11 years. Prior to his tenure at UTC, Baker served as the Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, also for 11 years. He was also the Director of the prestigious Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers for eight years. Baker earned a B.A. degree from Indiana University. He soon after received a Master’s of Science in Education from Indiana University, a Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Doctorate of Education at the University of Florida.

Gene BartooDr. Eugene Bartoo, Mildred Routt Professor of Education, became a member of the UTC faculty in 1978. During his 29 years at UTC, Bartoo has served as associate professor, professor, and head of the Department of Education Graduate Studies Division, the latter on two separate occasions. Among his many achievements at UTC, he was named the Mildred Routt Professor of Education in 2000. He has also been listed in “Who’s Who in American Education” consecutively for the past nine years. Bartoo earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in 1961. He received his Master’s of Education and his Doctorate of Education from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to his tenure at UTC, Bartoo served as Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum at Griffith Institute, and Research Associate at The State University of New York. In addition to teaching high school math and science for nine years. Bartoo served five years as head of that high school math department.

Gary LitchfordDr. Gary Litchford, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, joined the faculty of the University of Chattanooga in 1965. Throughout his 42 year career with the University, Litchford has held numerous positions that have allowed him to share his expertise in many departments. He has served as Departmental Director of the Master’s of Science in Environmental Science. Litchford has also served on the Graduate Council, University Honors Committee, Library Committee, and Faculty Research Committee.

Currently, Litchford serves as Director of the Geographic Information System for the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and as an Adjunct Professor to the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Geography. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Physics and Chemistry from Georgia Southern College. He earned a Ph.D. in Parasite Physiology and Biochemistry from Rice University. Among his many accomplishments, Litchford was elected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Academy of Science in 1996. He is a member of the American Association of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Tennessee Academy of Science, the Tennessee Geographic Information Council, and the Tennessee Southeastern Regional Users Group.

An avid community volunteer, Litchford has donated 38 years of service as an Environmental Consultant on call. He has been a council member of the Greater Chattanooga Darting Association, including serving a five-year term as President, and is currently being nominated for another two-year term. Litchford serves on the Board of Directors for the Area IV Special Olympics and for the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Thomas WaddellDr. Thomas G. Waddell, Guerry Professor of Chemistry, taught his first class at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1971. After 36 years of teaching at his first and only job, Waddell is the recipient of several honors from both students and colleagues for his work in the classroom and laboratory. He has received the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association “Outstanding Teacher Award” twice. He has also served as one of five charter members of the UTC Council of Scholars. Waddell received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He then earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry while attending the University of California at Los Angeles. Waddell completed post-graduate work at the University of California at Berkley on a post-doctoral fellowship. An established scholar, Waddell has authored or co-authored 86 publications that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, as well as, one book written in conjunction with co-author and colleague, Dr. Tom Rybolt. In addition to the book being printed in the United States, it has also been translated and published in France.

Thomas WareDr. Thomas C. Ware, Professor of English, joined the faculty of the University of Chattanooga in 1967. Throughout his 40 years at UC/UTC, Ware has taught both graduate and undergraduate students, and has served as head of the Department of English. Among his many accomplishments, he has been listed in current editions of both “Who’s Who in American Education” and “The Directory of American Scholars.” Ware earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville, while graduating with honors. He later received both his Master’s of Arts and his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ware completed post-graduate work through the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars at Columbia University, Northwestern University, and Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his appointment at UC, Ware served as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Cincinnati, and as a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

May 1, 2007