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Texas A&M University
Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence
News Release
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M University System on Tuesday awarded $697,500 to outstanding faculty throughout the system for the fall 2010 presentation of the Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, formerly known as the Teaching Excellence Awards.

The faculty winners represent the top 25 percent of those who participated and will receive checks for $2,500 each. More than 1,000 faculty members from around the A&M System participated in the program; over 250 awards were given.

“Teaching is very important to us,” said Michael D. McKinney, chancellor of the A&M System. “And when the students being taught give special recognition to the teachers who are making an impact on them, it says a lot about the quality faculty we have throughout the system.”

West Texas A&M University had the most total recipients, with 80, followed by Texas A&M University-San Antonio, 42; Texas A&M University-Commerce, 37; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 24; Texas A&M University, 22; Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 20; Texas A&M International University, 18; Prairie View A&M University, 11; Tarleton State University, 10; Texas A&M University-Texarkana, 10; Texas A&M University at Galveston, 4; and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, 1.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were initiated by McKinney in 2008 to honor and reward the system’s top teachers as selected by students. Faculty members who teach courses of three hours or more and have a minimum of 16 students are eligible.

The full listing of award recipients by institution is below: 

Texas A&M University: David Briske, Kyle Woosnam, David Scott, Jodi Sterle, John Rayfield, Karen Kimberly Melton, Lindsey Marie Higgins, Stephen Caffey, Dianne Goldsby, Trina Joy Davis, Dana Rao Yezak, Robert Korty, Aaron Taylor, Steve Balsis, Hilaire Ann Kallendorf, Casey Papovich, Eric Petersen, Rashid Abu Al Rub, John William Johnson, Subodha Kumar, Shannon Knight, and Kelly Haws.

Texas A&M University at Galveston: David Lawhon, John Schwarz, Erin Alexander, and Stephen Curley.

Prairie View A&M University: Pam Gooden, Laurette Foster, Beverly Roberts, Orion Ciftja, Immaculata Igbo, James Jones, Earnestyne Sullivan, Harriette Howard-Lee Block, Clarence Talley, Quincy Moore, and Cleo Bentley.

Tarleton State University: Melissa Becker, Teresa Davidian, Michele Staples, David Deviney, Brian Fehler, Elisabeth Riggs, Jennifer McGregor, Jason LaTouche, David Snyder, and Gayla Wright.

Texas A&M International University: Jose Martinez-Samos, Belva Gonzalez, Jennifer Coronado, Bernice Sanchez, Mayra Peña, Rafael Romo, Lola Norris, Irma Cantu, Claudia San Miguel, Michael Kidd, Jyotsna Mukherji, Sandra Cavazos, Jerry Thompson, Sergio Garza, Cecilia Gutierrez, Alfred Addo-Mensah, John Dean, and Gilberto Martinez.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Ping-Jung Tintera, Chuleeporn Changchit, Karen Paciotti, Mary Denise Hill, Ruth Aipperspach, Kelly Russell, Robert Vokurka, Shere Salinas, Kevin Concannon, Frank Lucido, Molly Engelhardt, Edith Delgado, Sandrine Sanos, Manuel Hernandez, Esther Pais, Walter Sherman, Robert Jackson, Sharon Polanski, Deniz Gevrek, Marcia Venzon, Brian Elzweig, Faye Brunn, Sarah Ives, and Jeffrey Lyons.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville: Lydia Gonzalez, Jerome Tymrak, Nelson Miller, Cyndi Walker, Adria Vasquez, Mario Casa De Calvo, Judith Cole, Donald Daughtry, Laura Garza, Zak Watson, Randy Powell, Randall Williams, Carl Murphy, Olivia Lopez, David Sabrio, Carl Saltarelli, Michelle Johnson Vela, Jaehyung Yu, Nirmal Goswami, and Priti Verma.

West Texas A&M University: Mary Cruz, Nabarun Ghosh, Robert Stockwell, Jere Lee, Lance Baker, Raymond Matlack, Kevin Williams, Elizabeth Moore, Stacey Chase, Terry Kieth, Richard Kazmaier, Todd Hubbs, Clay Robinson, Hongcai Li, Neil Terry, Karen Cooley, Anne Terry, Mark Keith, Bin Shao, Philip Niegos, Raymond Gerlich, Teri Bingham, Ashley Campbell, Maureen Cuevas, Elsa Diego-Medrano, Harry Hueston, Susan Nix, George Fox, Yvette Castillo, Timothy Atchison, Mark Riney, Joseph Price, Tana Gunter, Kenneth Denton, Cara Speer, Amy Carlson, Judy Williams, Jenifer Kunz, Robin Capt, Maxine Debutte-Smith, Darla Beaty, Ruby Willey-Rendon, Reed Welch, Gertrude Hanson, Bryan Vizzini, Robert Krause, Stephen Severn, Nicholas Scales, Christi Lusk, Melanie Brooks, Brett Cain, Benjamin Brooks, Tina Carpenter, Paula Schlegel, Monica Hart, Bonney MacDonald, Bonnie Roos, Martin Kuhlman, Royal Brantley, David Hart, Alexander Hunt, Sandra Davidson, Carrisa Hoelscher, Andrew Reynolds, Elizabeth Clark, Mona Gregory, Theresa Trela, Carolyn Baum, David Horsley, Robert Moore, Hector Garza, Randall Ray, Bruce Brasington, Richard Haasl, Charles Chase, Krista Gerlich, Colby Carthel, Nicole DeJongh, Helen Reyes, and Seth Naughton.

Texas A&M University-Commerce: Michael Hanna, Sang Suh, R. Creider, Kent Montgomery, Ka Sai Un, William Thompson, Kathleen McCraw, Jeffrey Herndon, Nikolay Sirakov, Ellen Faulkenberry, Debra Newton, Thomas Faulkenberry, Kaiqi Xiong, Abdullah Arslan, Mutlu Mete, Linda Kapp, Mildred Pryor, Alma Mintu-Wimsatt, Christine Alexander, Jason Burton, Greta Spradling, Charlotte Larkin, Omar Brown, Kishor Guru-Gharana, Alan Francis, Gordon Heslop, David Bennett, Augustine Arize, Sonia Taneja, Jennifer Sennette, Mark Reid, Rebecca Adams, Rebecca Stephens, Karin Tochkov, Leah Wickersham, Tara Tietjen-Smith, and Shahab Aslinia.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana: Douglas Julien, Judy Sander, Michael Perri, Victor Govindaswamy, William Laird, Richard Herrera, Angela Sikorski, Doris Davis, Peter Racheotes, and Phyllis Gardner.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas: Claudia Rappaport.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Wowek Kearney, Misty Stiles, Gail Dorrycott, Scott Peters, Theresa Dorel, Roland Rios, Shelley Blackburn-Harris, Lonna Clinch, Remigio Garcia, Debbie Vera, Eugene Castro, Douglas Carter, Michael Proctor, Claudia Calvario, Megan Wise de Valdez, Sabina de Vries, Daniel Glaser, Robin Kapavik, Gail Wilson, Kevin Kendrick, Durant Frantzen, James Jurica, Richard Jenkins, William Bush, Edward Westermann, Kathleen Voges, Kenneth Henrie, Georgianna Gould, Alana Biediger-Collins, Susan Walsh, Steve Mardock, Patricia Holmes, Consuelo Bossey, Amy Porter, Michelle Willingham, Ariscela Saenz, Bernice Hinnant, Robert Martinez, Esther Garza, Jennifer Wilson, Derek Miles, and Mary Mayorga.

About the A&M System

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.






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