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Twenty-Eight Faculty Members Receive Student Recognition Awards for Teaching Excellence

July 05, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Twenty-eight faculty members from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were among those recognized June 21 with the Texas A&M University System's Spring 2012 Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, formerly known as the Teaching Excellence Awards.

The more than 250 winners from the System's 11 campuses represent the top 25 percent of the more than 1,000 faculty members from the A&M System who participated. Each winner will receive a check for $2,500. The Teaching Excellence Awards were initiated by Dr. Michael D. McKinney, chancellor of the A&M System, in 2008 to honor and reward the System's top teachers as selected by students. Faculty members who teach courses of three hours or more and have a minimum of 15 students are eligible.

Winners from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were:

  • Ruth Aipperspach, instructor – Department of Communication and Theatre
  • Dr. Valrie Chambers, professor – Department of Accounting and Business Law
  • Dr. Joseph Champion, assistant professor – Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. Kevin Concannon, assistant professor – Department of English
  • Annette Guerra, assistant professor – Department of Teacher Education
  • Dr. David Gurney, assistant professor – Department of Communication and Theatre
  • Dr. Mark Hartlaub, professor– Department of Psychology
  • Sayuri Hiraishi, instructor – Department of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Vanessa Jackson, professor – Department of English
  • David Jensen, adjunct professor – Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Michelle Maresh, assistant professor – Department of Communication and Theatre
  • Dr. Cherie McCollough, associate professor – Department of Life Sciences
  • Dr. Peter Moore, assistant professor – Department of Humanities
  • Dr. Evan Ortlieb, assistant professor – Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. Karen Paciotti, assistant professor – Department of Teacher Education
  • Christine Peters, adjunct professor – Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Sharon Polansky, adjunct professor – Department of Accounting and Business Law
  • Kelly Russell, associate professor – Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Dr. James Silliman, associate professor – Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Shawn Smith, associate professor – Department of Music
  • Dr. Jennifer Smith-Engle, professor – Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Melissa Stewart, assistant professor –Department of Social Sciences
  • Phyllis Tedford, instructor – School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Dr. Ping-Jung Tintera, instructor – Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. George Tintera, associate professor– Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. Corinne Valadez, associate professor – Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. Virginia Wheeless, professor – Department of Communication and Theatre
  • Dr. Beate Zimmer, associate professor– Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center. A&M System members educate more than 120,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state's economy.

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