Six University of Kentucky professors have been given 2012 Great Teacher Awards by the UK Alumni Association. The winners are:
■ Kristin Ashford, assistant professor, College of Nursing.
■ Arne Bathke, director of graduate studies in the department of statistics and director of the Applied Statistics Laboratory, College of Arts and Sciences.
■ Eric Christianson, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences.
■ James Haubenreich, associate professor of restorative dentistry, College of Dentistry.
■ Ajay Mehra, associate professor in Department of Management, Gatton College of Business and Economics.
■ Ana Rueda, chairwoman and professor of peninsular Spanish literature in the Hispanic studies department, College of Arts and Sciences.
The recipients will be honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award recognition dinner on Jan. 17. They are scheduled for further honors at Rupp Arena during a Kentucky men's basketball game against Arkansas later that evening.
The Great Teacher Award was started in 1961 and is the oldest continuous award that recognizes teaching at UK.
The nominations are made by students. Selection of the award recipients is made by the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa. Great Teacher Award recipients each receive a citation, an engraved plaque and a cash award.