Four Texas Tech Professors Receive Highest Faculty Honor

Four Texas Tech University faculty members have been named Horn Professors, the highest honor they can receive from the university.

Four Texas Tech University faculty members have been named Horn Professors, the highest honor they can receive from the university.

Warren Ballard, Bricker chair in the Department of Natural Resources Management; Daniel Cooke, professor in the Department of Computer Science; David Larmour, professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; and Susan Saab-Fortney, George H. Mahon Professor in the School of Law, were approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents’ Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs committee today (Feb. 28). Final approval will come by the full board at its March 7 meeting in El Paso.

"Horn Professors represent the very best among our faculty," said Jon Whitmore, Texas Tech president. "These individuals have proven themselves outstanding teachers and researchers. We value these men and women for their scholarship and their many contributions to Texas Tech."

"For more than 40 years Horn Professors have held themselves to an extraordinary standard of teaching and research excellence at Texas Tech University, said Chancellor Kent Hance. "They are a true testament to our quality of academics."

The Horn Professorship was established in 1966 to recognize scholarly achievement and outstanding service to Texas Tech. The honor is named for Texas Tech’s first president, Paul Whitfield Horn. Since its inception, 76 members of the faculty have been appointed Horn Professors and 37 remain on faculty.

"This is not a designation that is awarded lightly. Becoming a Horn Professor means that a faculty member has maintained a high level of excellence as both a teacher and a researcher for many years," said Bill Marcy, Texas Tech provost.

Ballard joined Texas Tech in 1998. He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona, his master’s from Kansas State University and his bachelor of science degree from New Mexico State University. He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Research Award from the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, The Outstanding Achievement award from the Texas chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award and has been named a Wildlife Society Fellow by the National Wildlife Society. He is a widely-published author and has served on numerous committees within his discipline.

Cooke joined Texas Tech in 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, his master’s from Texas A&M University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Cooke has done extensive work with NASA including serving as program manager of the space agency’s National Strategic Initiative for Intelligent Systems. He has received three awards from NASA, including the agency’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and has been honored by numerous professional organizations. He serves as director of Texas Tech’s Center for Advanced Intelligent Systems and was chairman of the Department of Computer Science from 2001-2005.

Larmour joined Texas Tech in 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Queen’s University in Belfast and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He has received the President’s Academic Achievement Award, the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He is a founding member of Texas Tech’s Teaching Academy and earned the Teaching Academy Award. He teaches Greek and Latin language and literature as well as classical mythology, ancient sports and ancient Greek culture.

Saab-Fortney came to Texas Tech in 1992. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, her juris doctor degree from Antioch School of Law and masters of laws and doctor of the science of law from Columbia University School of Law. She has received numerous awards from the university and other organizations, including the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching award and the President’s Academic Achievement Award. She has published widely including the books "Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention" and "In Pursuit of Attorney Work-Life Balance – Best Practices for Management."