"Being at UT Dallas has been continuously stimulating for me. From students with a wide range of ages, cultures and educational backgrounds to an atmosphere of reinvention and creative discourse: What's not to love?"
"Financial support from the Watson Professorship has greatly facilitated my research, buttressed the quality of my teaching, and has enabled me to interact with Western and Native American scholars across the United States, Canada and even Western Europe."
"UT Dallas has provided an environment that encourages boldness and adventure in teaching, research and the development of new programs. What better place for someone who studies epic poetry and heroism?"
"UT Dallas students are the smartest I've taught. Most of them write very well, so it gives me great hope that the stories of the future will come out of this generation. They've got good, fresh ideas. This university is a university for this century."
"I am honored to be the first holder of this professorship. Russell's commitment to our program goes much deeper than his generous financial support over the years. He always volunteers his time and wisdom, both of which are priceless to us. Russell's creative thinking and managerial prowess have been great assets to the festival and building a world-class guitar series."