Four named award winners during UT Tyler convocation

Published on Thursday, 5 September 2013 14:46 - Written by From Staff Reports

Top-notch teaching and scholarly work were among the qualities recognized by The University of Texas at Tyler during its opening convocation.

“Our dedicated faculty are highly innovative and among the best in their fields,” UT Tyler President Dr. Rod Mabry said, according to a university news release. “We are proud to recognize their great work.”

The awards and recipients were:

— Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Jason Smee, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Barbara Wooldridge, associate professor of marketing. This award recognizes the nominees’ overall commitment and excellence in undergraduate teaching among UT System faculty members, according to the news release.

The president of each UT System recommended nominees and an external committee comprised of academic administrators, faculty, students and the UT System Board of Regents reviewed them, according to the news release.

Each nominee will receive a $25,000 award acknowledging the recipients’ exceptional classroom performance and creativity at the undergraduate level.

— President’s Scholarly Achievement Award: Dr. Lance Williams, associate professor of biology. This honor highlights a faculty member’s notable scholarly achievements, according to the news release. A university committee makes the selections.

— Jack and Dorothy Faye White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence: Suzanne Pundt, senior lecturer in biology, and Dr. Wooldridge. This award recognizes teaching excellence. University faculty and students make the nominations.

— 2013-14 Piper Professor nominee and White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence: Dr. Wooldridge. This honor focuses on overall excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement at UT Tyler, according to the news release.

UT Tyler faculty determine the Piper professor nominee with that person becoming the university’s candidate for the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Excellence in Teaching award.

Through this award the Piper Foundation annually recognizes 15 professors for superior teaching at the collegiate level in Texas, according to the news release. This nominee automatically receives UT Tyler’s White Fellowship.