Lincoln Memorial University

Gill Honored with Houston Award

gillhoustonawardHARROGATE, Tennessee, August 26, 2019— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Vice President for Academic Affairs R. Jay Stubblefield bestowed the University’s prestigious Houston Award for Excellence in Teaching on Professor Joe Gill during the LMU Faculty and Staff Conference on August 14.


Gill is assistant professor of theater and has served with the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences since 2016. The Houston Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes achievement characterized by clear, abundant and persistent demonstration of high standards of teaching that contribute to the development of the LMU community.


“Professor Gill employs numerous talents, skills and abilities in the instruction of his students,” Stubblefield said. “He has a mesmerizing teaching style, expertise for classroom engagement and inclusiveness, a passion for teaching and qualities of empathy and irrepressible enthusiasm. He has remarkable creativity and extraordinary thinking. Students line up at his door for help and advising, and his vivacity as a teacher and colleague comes forth not only in the classroom, but also at events, meetings, and school gatherings where he is a participant.”


Gill earned a bachelor of arts in theater and dance and a master of arts in theater arts from California State University, Los Angeles, as well as a master of fine arts in contemporary performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. 


Gill teaches speech and theater courses and receives excellent evaluations from his students who frequently add comments about the positive impact his teaching style, encouragement and support have had on their academic and personal achievements. Gill’s classes are always packed, mostly with students who are not enrolled in theater as a minor, but who have heard of his style of teaching and passion for student learning.


He has created magnificent theatrical productions each fall and spring, and has continued to develop the summer theater, Appalachian Shakespeare Project, a big hit in the local community and with students who work as interns during the summer. Most recently he has been holding workshops with the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Standardized Patients enhancing their performance in the examination room.


Gill began coordinating the Arts in the Gap program during his first year at LMU. He helped build the program by doubling the number of events and workshops in just two seasons.


“He may be found on any given morning outside the building teaching students about sensitivity for the environment, and on the next day, he may be found inside the lecture hall teaching theories pertaining to communications and conversation,” Stubblefield said. “He reaches out to athletes, choir members, pre-law students and others across campus whom he believes will benefit from his classes or theater experiences.”


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].


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