Texas Tech Administrator, Educator Receives Prestigious Award

Associate Director of T-STEM Center Receives Award from Regional, State Organizations

DATE: Nov. 14, 2007
CONTACT: Leslie Cranford, leslie.cranford@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

Texas Tech Administrator, Educator Receives Prestigious Award

An associate director in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center (T-STEM) at Texas Tech University has received a prominent award from science peers across the state.

Susan Talkmitt, the associate director of curriculum and instruction for the T-STEM Center, will receive the 2007 Skoog Cup Friday (Nov. 16) at the Conference for the Association of Science Teachers in Austin.

The honor is awarded by the Science Teachers Association of Texas, Texas Tech University Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Science Teachers Association of Region 17.

"Susan is highly praised by her colleagues for her commitment to K-12 educators, and her qualifications for receiving this award are outstanding," said Karen Hewitt, president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas. "Our organization is proud to acknowledge the contributions Susan has made to science education in Texas."

As an instructor in Texas Tech’s College of Education, Talkmitt teaches science methods courses for secondary and elementary pre-service teachers as well as a secondary education curriculum course. Talkmitt has developed model curriculum and presented hundreds of hours of workshops for educators across the nation. She is also an associate director of the Center for the Integration of Science and Education Research (CISER). Talkmitt also taught biology and chemistry in Lubbock schools for 11 years.

The award originated in 1999, and is named after first recipient Gerald Skoog, professor emeritus in the College of Education, a Horn professor and former dean of the college. The recognition was developed to honor individuals from Texas higher education institutions who have demonstrated significant contributions and leadership in the development of quality science education.

Skoog is a charter member of the Texas Science Hall of Fame and is highly regarded in the education community for his work in evolution education.


CONTACT: Robert Waller, communication specialist, T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451, or r.waller@ttu.edu.