Texas Tech Honors Outstanding Faculty



LUBBOCK – Dozens of Texas Tech University faculty members were honored today for their quality teaching and research during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.

“It is a pleasure to honor some of our outstanding faculty members,” said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University. “We have an excellent faculty, and that makes the award decisions difficult. These fine men and women are a key reason that Texas Tech continues to grow in stature and academic reputation.”

The awards focus on teaching, research and service, the core missions of the university.

“These awards are an indication of the quality faculty members who are teaching our students, discovering new knowledge through their research and working within our community, state and world to find solutions to the challenges facing society,” said Bill Marcy, provost of Texas Tech University.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Texas Tech Association of Parents also presented annual awards.

Receiving the President’s Academic Achievement Awards, which go to three faculty who have demonstrated distinction in teaching, research and service, are: Peter Dotray of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; David Larmour, the College of Arts and Sciences; and William Dukes, the Rawls College of Business Administration.

Winners of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are: Dotray, in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Hendrika Buelinckx, College of Architecture; Lauren Gollahon, Comfort Pratt, George Williams and Lee Cohen, all of the College of Arts and Sciences; Jeffery Mercer, Rawls College of Business Administration; William Lan, College of Education; Ted Wiesner, College of Engineering; Dorothy Bagwell, College of Human Sciences; Jorge Ramirez, School of Law; Roger Saathoff, College of Mass Communications; and John Gilbert, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Receiving the President’s Outstanding Research Award are: Richard Zartman, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Ben Shacklette, College of Architecture; Michelle Pantoya, College of Engineering; Michael O’Boyle, College of Human Sciences; Susan Saab Fortney, School of Law; Michael Parkinson, College of Mass Communications; and Karl Dent, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The President’s Book Awards, given to outstanding faculty authors, went to: Philip Dennis, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; Dorothy Chansky, Department of Theatre and Dance and William Wenthe, Department of English.

The Texas Tech University Teaching Academy Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award went to the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Awards went to: Gad Perry, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Bennett Neiman, College of Architecture; Aliza Wong, College of Arts and Sciences; Donna Davis, Rawls College of Business Administration; Jennifer Wilhelm, College of Education; Audra Morse, College of Engineering; Don Collier, College of Human Sciences; Angela Laughlin, School of Law; Gary Miller, School of Mass Communications; and Kathryn Barnes-Burroughs, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Texas Tech Association of Parents presented four awards: the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award was presented to W. David Nes, College of Arts and Sciences; the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award to Carleton Phillips, College of Arts and Sciences; the Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award to Audra Morse, College of Engineering; and the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for Creativity in Teaching to Tanja Karp, College of Engineering.

Ellen Peffley, in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, winner of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award and James Dickens, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, winner of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award also were recognized.

Newly designated Paul Whitfield Horn Professors, Michael Galyean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and James Watkins of the College of Architecture were recognized along with previous Horn Professor designees. The Horn Professorship is the highest honor that can be bestowed on Texas Tech faculty.

Certificates were also presented to newly retired faculty members who have been given emeritus status.

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