Texas Tech Honors Outstanding Faculty

Dozens of Texas Tech University faculty members received awards today (April 20) for their quality teaching and research during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.

Dozens of Texas Tech University faculty members received awards April 20 for their quality teaching and research during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.

“Texas Tech is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty,” said Bob Smith, provost. “I am honored to present these awards to some of our best and brightest. The annual convocation is a way to recognize the very best in teaching, research and service in our academic community.”

Receiving the President’s Academic Achievement Awards, which go to faculty members who have demonstrated distinction in teaching, research and service, are: Nancy Bell, College of Human Sciences and James Smith, Whitacre College of Engineering.

Twelve faculty members received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. They are: Scott Burris, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Brian Zugay, College of Architecture; Justin Hart, Carmen Pereira-Muro and Richard Strauss, all of the College of Arts and Sciences; Herschel Mann, Rawls College of Business; Kathryn Button, College of Education; Audra Morse, Whitacre College of Engineering; Ben Goh, College of Human Sciences; Michael Hatfield, School of Law; Glenn Cummins, College of Mass Communications; and Christopher Smith, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Receiving the Outstanding Researcher Awards are: Reynaldo Patino, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Saif Haq, College of Architecture; Ann Hawkins and Ron Kendall, both of the College of Arts and Sciences; Roy Howell, Rawls College of Business; Eva Midobuche, College of Education; Ken Rainwater, Whitacre College of Engineering; Bryan Camp, School of Law; Tom Johnson, College of Mass Communications; and Janice Killian, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Texas Tech Association of Parents Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award went to Julian Spallholz, in the College of Human Sciences. The association also presented its Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award to Wendall Aycock, associate dean of the Graduate School. The association’s Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award went to Michelle Kwon, in the School of Law,

and Deborah Fowler, College of Human Sciences, received the Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching.

The President’s Book Award, given to outstanding faculty authors, went to Gretchen Adams, College of Arts and Sciences; Kurt Caswell, Honors College; and Ronald Kendall, Steven Presley, Galen Austin and Philip Smith, all in The Institute of Environmental and Human Health.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Awards went to: Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Chris Taylor, College of Architecture; Sean Cunningham, College of Arts and Sciences; Loretta Rudd, College of Education; William Lawson, Whitacre College of Engineering; Mitzi Lauderdale, College of Human Sciences; Trent Seltzer, College of Mass Communications; and Jeffrey Lastrapes, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Teaching Academy Department Excellence in Teaching Award went to the School of Law’s Legal Practice Program.

The winners of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards were recognized. They are Edward Anderson, teaching, Whitacre College of Engineering and Seshadri Ramkumar, research, Institute of Environmental and Human Health.

The Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Awards were presented to Esther Delaquis and Chisum Pierce, both in the School of Art; and Noe de la Sancha and Miryam Doris Venegas-Anaya, both in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Gloria Lyerla Memorial Library Research Travel Grants were presented to Brian Zugay in the College of Architecture and Ali Duffy in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.