DATE: April 10, 2007
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Tech University faculty members today (April 10) received awards for their quality
teaching and research during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.
"We have outstanding faculty in every discipline on our campus," said Jon Whitmore,
president of Texas Tech. "It is always a pleasure for me to acknowledge these outstanding
men and women. They are the reason that Texas Tech’s academic reputation continues
The awards focus on teaching, research and service, the core missions of the university.
"We have excellent faculty members who are teaching our students and doing research,"
said Bill Marcy, provost of Texas Tech University. "We have so many quality faculty,
it is difficulty to decide who should receive these awards each year."
The Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Texas Tech Association of Parents also presented
annual awards during the convocation.
Receiving the President’s Academic Achievement Awards, which go to three faculty who
have demonstrated distinction in teaching, research and service, are: David Wester,
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Fred Hartmeister, College
of Education; and Judith Fischer, College of Human Sciences.
Receiving the President’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are: Sukant Misra, College
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; James Davis, College of Architecture;
Lou Densmore, Erin Collopy, Aliza Wong and Patrick Hughes, all in the College of Arts
and Sciences; William Pasewark, Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration;
Tara Stevens, College of Education; Tim Dallas, College of Engineering; Gwen Sorell,
College of Human Sciences ; Gerry Beyer, School of Law; and Wayne Hobbs, College of
Visual and Performing Arts.
The President’s Outstanding Researcher Awards went to: Warren Ballard, College of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Gary Smith, College of Architecture;
Thomas Steinmeier, College of Arts and Sciences; Peter Westfall, Jerry S. Rawls College
of Business Administration; Rosa Hernandez Sheets, College of Education; Sergey Nikishin,
College of Engineering; Harrington Cleveland, College of Human Sciences; Bryan Camp,
School of Law; Rick Dingus, College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The President’s Book Award went to Gary Forsythe, Department of History; Hafid Gafaiti
and Stephen Graham Jones, both of the Department of English.
The Texas Tech Teaching Academy Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award went to
the Department of Psychology.
The Texas Tech Association of Parents presented four awards: the Barnie E. Rushing
Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award to Linda Allen in the College of Arts and
Sciences; the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award to Mary Jane Hurst, faculty associate
to the president and in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Hemphill Wells New Professor
Excellence in Teaching Award to Christopher Monico in the College of Arts and Sciences;
and the Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching Award to Tim Dallas in the
College of Engineering.
The Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Awards went to: Chance Brooks, College
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Lahib Jaddo, College of Architecture;
Feisal Mohamed, College of Arts and Sciences; Tillmann Wagner, Jerry S. Rawls College
of Business Administration; Iris Rivero, College of Engineering; Karen Alexander,
College of Human Sciences; Michael Hatfield, School of Law; Amanda Gallagher, College
of Mass Communications; and Aaron Adair, College of Visual and Performing Arts.
W. Davis Ness, College of Arts and Sciences; William Casto; School of Law and Eileen
Johnson, the Museum, were recognized as having received Paul Whitfield Horn Designations
Also recognized were Wesley Harvey, School of Art, and Xiaoping Pan, the Institute
of Environmental and Human Health, for winning the Horn Professors Graduate Achievement
Jennifer Snead, Department of English and Andreas Schneider, Department of Anthropology,
Sociology and Social Work received the Gloria Lyerla Memorial Library Research Travel
Susan Saab Fortney, School of Law and Shaorong Liu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
were recognized for winning the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research
Certificates also were presented to newly retired faculty members who have been given