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Dr. Tim Champion Awarded Mott University Professorship

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 24, 2013) – Dr. Tim Champion, Johnson C. Smith University professor of chemistry and chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department, has been selected as Mott University Professor for a three-year term effective Jan. 1, 2014. The Mott University Professorship supports the enhanced research, teaching and service of the selected faculty member.

Champion joined Johnson C. Smith University in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Doctor of Arts in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado.

Champion is engaged in research in the fields of science education and the computational modeling of proteins and has brought more than $4 million in external grants to the university over his career. He has numerous publications, including a chapter in the National Science Teachers Association’s Handbook of College Science Teaching and served as a feature editor for the Journal of Chemical Education.

Established as an endowment from the Mott Foundation, the professorship supports faculty research, excellence in teaching and services to the university. Champion is the fifth faculty member to receive the award since its establishment nearly 20 years ago. The award includes a salary enhancement for three years and funding for research.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,300 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the University’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          


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