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Faculty Honored at Professing Excellence Awards

Ten professors recognized for outstanding teaching and student impact.

Written by James Hodgins

The honorees were recognized with an awards ceremony in the Student Union Building’s Red Raider Lounge. (Click to enlarge.)

Texas Tech University Student Housing hosted the 11th Annual Professing Excellence awards ceremony March 20 to recognize faculty members for their impact on the academic success of students living in the residence halls.

Created in 2002, the awards are given to outstanding faculty who go above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom, to impact their students’ learning and academic success.

All award recipients were nominated by students residing on campus and selected by a student committee. This year’s honorees are:

At the ceremony, recipients were introduced by a video of their student nominator explaining why the professor deserves this award.

Ryan Thoroman, graduate assistant for Residence Education & Academic Programs, helped coordinate the awards ceremony. He said the number of nominations tripled from last year with 68 faculty members being nominated.

When he notified the professors they won, Thoroman said their response was overwhelming. He said they understand the significance of the award and take a lot of pride in receiving it.

Kyle Clark, vice president of Administration and Finance, gave the opening remarks during the ceremony and congratulated the award recipients.

“We’re proud of the faculty we have here at Texas Tech,” he said. “These awards provide further recognition of the excellence of our faculty, not only for their knowledge, research and service, but also for their teaching and proficiency in communicating their subjects to their students.”

Clark said the key to Texas Tech’s success is everyone working together for the good of the university, which is exemplified by the partnership between Student Housing and Academic Affairs.

Thoroman also values the partnership Student Housing has with faculty and all the colleges.

“We believe learning takes place all around campus, and some of the most important learning takes place in the residence halls,” he said. “That’s why we work hard to develop strong relationships with our faculty.”

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