UT Tyler honors faculty for ‘outstanding dedication’

Published on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:19 - Written by Staff Reports

The University of Texas at Tyler officials presented faculty awards during the 2014-15 opening convocation on Friday, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

“We are honored to have faculty members who are innovative thinkers, great professors, and true experts in their fields of study. We are proud to recognize some of those faculty for their outstanding dedication,” Mabry said.

Recipients and their awards are:

Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Christina Graves, assistant professor of mathematics. The award recognizes overall commitment and excellence in undergraduate teaching among UT System faculty members.

Dr. Graves is among 96 systemwide educators who will each receive a $25,000 award in recognition of extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level.

President’s Scholarly Achievement Award: Dr. Dennis Cali, professor and chair of communication. This award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievements by a faculty member.

Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Laura Boyd, senior lecturer in chemistry; Dr. Lance Williams, associate professor of biology; and Merrie Wright, associate professor and interim chairman of art and art history.

Jack and Dorothy Faye White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence: Dr. Julie Delello, assistant professor of education; and Dr. Marsha Matthews, assistant professor of journalism.

2014-15 Piper Professor nominee and White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence: Dr. Matthews.

Officials also recognized Dr. Neil Gray, professor and chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who was named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers earlier this year.