Almost everyone who had any involvement with the Communication Studies Department throughout the first decade of the 2000s had the chance to get to know and be impressed by Tim Behme. Professors knew him as a graduate student who was eager to learn from anyone, a devoted and passionate scholar of Ancient Greek rhetoric who worked meticulously on his dissertation for years, earning his PhD in 2007. His fellow graduate students knew him as someone who thrived on collegial discussions, unfailingly fascinated and impressed by anything they were working on. Graduate students and teaching faculty benefitted from his guidance as the Public Speaking course supervisor. Teaching faculty knew him as a central figure who devoted far more time and energy than was required to teaching and advising, who volunteered for additional duties, and who was a cheerful and supportive co-worker. Undergraduate students, however, were the ones who received the most benefit of that devotion, either in his capacity as the primary undergraduate advisor in the department, or as their teacher in Public Speaking and Communication Ethics courses.
As busy as he was, however, the thing that people are most likely to remember about Tim are the long conversations he loved to get in with anyone and everyone, conversations filled with humor and admiration. He had a gift for making others feel like he was in the presence of genius, while his unflagging self-deprecation masked his own genius.
When Tim Behme died in July of 2015, all who knew him were deeply saddened. A group of his friends, mentors, and peers have decided to honor Tim’s legacy by establishing a fund to support a Teaching Faculty Award. His fierce commitment to undergraduate teaching was well-known, as well as his devotion to helping his colleagues improve their teaching skills. This fund is intended to honor teachers who share Tim’s passion and commitment.
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An anonymous donor has generously offered to increase their match to $1,000 of gifts to this new fund. Give now and your support has twice the impact!