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Faculty Members Named Top Professors in Texas

Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Dottie Durband and Lori Rice-Spearman were the honorees.

Written by Sydney O'Drobinak

Two Texas Tech University professors and one Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center professor were named Top Professors in Texas according to rankings released by Online Schools Texas.

Online Schools Texas has distinguished 39 professors from across a variety of Texas colleges to compile their Top 25 Women Professors in Texas list and the 14 Hispanic Professors Making a Huge Difference in Texas list.

Criteria for these lists include professors who recently have been awarded or recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom and who demonstrate dedication to their fields and students.


Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo

Trejos-Castillo, associate professor in the Texas Tech Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department, was recognized as one of the Top 14 Hispanic Professors in Texas. In 2012, Trejos-Castillo was awarded the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from Texas Tech, the Certificate of Recognition in Education from the Hispanic Association of Women, and recognized as an Engaged and Integrated Scholar by Texas Tech’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement.







Dottie Durband

Durband, professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech, was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas. She is the recipient of the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award and College of Human Sciences Kathryn Burleson Faculty Service Award. Durband also is the founding chair of the Texas Tech Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services.







Lori Rice-Spearman

Rice-Spearman also was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas. She is an associate professor and program director at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council awarded Rice-Spearman the Distinguished Teaching Award.

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