February 19, 1999
Middlebury College Names Jeffrey Byers Recipient
of the 1999 Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching
Middlebury College has named Professor of Chemistry
Jeffrey H. Byers the 1999 recipient of the Perkins Award for Excellence
in Teaching. On Monday, February 22 at 4:15 p.m., an award presentation
will take place in the second-floor conference area of the Science
The award is given each year to a member of Middlebury
College’s natural sciences division, alternating each year between
a faculty member in the mathematics and computer science department
and a faculty member in one of the other four departments in the
natural sciences division—biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.
As the award’s name suggests, it honors outstanding performance
as a teacher.
Byers received a bachelor’s of science degree from
the University of Rochester in 1979 and a doctorate from Dartmouth
College in 1984. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University
of Utah before joining the Middlebury faculty in 1986.
The Professor Llewellyn R. Perkins and Dr. Ruth M.
H. Perkins Memorial Faculty Research Fund, which provides the
award, was made possible by the gift of Dr. Ruth M. H. Perkins,
a 1932 Middlebury graduate, in memory of her husband, Professor
Llewellyn R. Perkins. Professor Perkins taught at Middlebury College
from 1914 until his retirement in 1941. During the course of his
tenure at Middlebury, he founded and chaired the mathematics department.
Their children, Marion Perkins Harris, a 1957 Middlebury graduate
and science teacher, and Dr. David L. Perkins, a physician, augmented
the fund and expanded the scope of the award to honor their mother,
Ruth, as well. She was a Vermont State Helping Teacher and a professor
of math education at Temple University in Philadelphia.