Faculty Excellence Awards
05/07/2020, 04:30:01 PM

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Provost Paula Myrick Short is pleased to announce the 2020 Faculty Excellence Award honorees. Through inspirational teaching, critical research, and mentoring and advising students, exceptional faculty have brought national recognition to the University of Houston. Please join Provost Short in congratulating these well-deserved faculty members!

Moores Professorship

This five year, renewable professorship is awarded to faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching, research, and service.

Margot Backus, English
Kresimir Josic, Mathematics
Stuart Long, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nancy Young, History

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of faculty in eight individual categories: Teaching Excellence, Provost Core, Innovation in Instructional Technology, Instructor/Clinical, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Community Engagement, Career, and Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence. The Teaching Excellence Awards also recognizes Group Teaching as a separate category.

Teaching Excellence
This award is given to faculty in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching.

Sheila Katz, Sociology
Rex Koontz, School of Art
Rheeda Walker, Psychology
Vanessa Patrick-Ralhan, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Kia Johnson, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Provost Core
This award is given to faculty who have demonstrated outstanding teaching in undergraduate core curriculum courses.

Melahat Almus, Mathematics

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

Carrie Cutler, Curriculum & Instruction
Michael Fares, Modern & Classical Languages
Ksenia Krylova, Management
Luisa Orto, School of Art
David Rainbow, Honors College
James "Randy" Webb, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Graduate Teaching Assistant
This award is given to graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Laura Biagi, English
Mohsen Pourmasoudi, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Wendy Wood, English

Community Engagement
This award is given in recognition of full-time faculty who involve students in service to the community through service learning activities or community engagement projects.

Daniel Price, Honors College

This award is given to faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of their career at the University of Houston.

Karolos Grigoriadis, Mechanical Engineering

Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence
This award is given in recognition of faculty who have made sustained and significant contributions to education within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member. 

David Shattuck, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Group Teaching
This award recognizes groups of faculty in both formal and informal programs who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success, and who have worked together collaboratively to improve student outcomes.

The College of Nursing Team: Cougar Nurse Launch to Professional Practice Model

Patricia Schrader
Priyanka Raut
Danielle Quintana
Tracy McManaman-Bridges

Global Award

This award is given to tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the promotion of globalization of teaching, research, and/or service.

Steve Werner, Management and Leadership

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

This award recognizes the mentorship efforts of University of Houston faculty at all stages of their careers. The award acknowledges faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors and who have demonstrated at least five years of mentorship involvement.

Lars Grabow, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Donald Kouri, Physics
Thomas Teets, Chemistry

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

This new award recognizes a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.

Wei-Kan Chu, Physics


Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH
Distinguished Professor of Education

provost@uh.edu | 832.842.0550

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