Center for Teaching Effectiveness

Message from the Interim Director

As Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE), it is my privilege to offer support to faculty with a variety of programs and resources: the New Faculty Investment Program (NFIP); the Wednesday Noon Seminar Series; workshops on issues pertinent to effective teaching and learning; certificates of professional development in teaching and distance education; instructional coaching; a transculturation program; a library of books and resources; travel awards for presentation of research on the scholarship of teaching and learning; and awards for outstanding teaching. We welcome suggestions and comments on how the CTE can better serve the faculty at TAMU-K.

With best wishes,

Brenda Melendy
brenda.melendy@tamuk.edu

Mission

Welcome to the Center for Teaching Effectiveness. The Center was established by the Faculty Senate in 2001 as a resource for faculty through workshops, brown-bag seminars, and discussions. In addition to these activities, the Center today provides faculty with professional development opportunities and instructional coaching for those who wish to enhance the quality of their teaching. The Center also offers travel awards to faculty presenting research on the scholarship on teaching and learning and recognizes faculty for outstanding teaching.

Meet the 2017-2018 New Faculty

J. César Bezares-Cruz

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Engineering 

Dr. Bezares earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso.  His research aims to study the physicochemical and biological transformation of hazardous substances in water treatment processes, including Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) and Anaerobic Ammonia Oxidation (Anammox). He is particularly interested in the optimization of these processes as a sustainable means for water production and influence in the removal of water pollutants.  His teaching interests include physicochemical processes in wastewater treatment, aquatic chemistry, environmental fate and transport of contaminants, environmental engineering and environmental chemistry.

Michelle Hong

Assistant Professor

Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems

After working in the financial industry for six years, Michelle Hong became interested in understanding people’s behavior at work. While pursuing her Ph.D. study at Virginia Tech, she had opportunities to work on projects examining workplace ethics, which ultimately shaped her research interest in understanding factors that could unintentionally promote unethical behavior at work. Aside from her research, she is passionate about teaching international business. She has a Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Syracuse University, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. 

Seung Hwan Jung

Assistant Professor

Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems

His primary research interests include practical and theoretical issues in operations/supply chain management. His teaching interests lie in core courses, such as Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Management Science, and Business Statistics. He worked as an assistant manager at “LG Display” in Korea, and had many opportunities to work with different companies for consulting projects. These experiences not only provided him a sense of real-world operations’ challenges, but also deep understanding about diverse business practices. He holds his Ph.D. from Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He has a lovely wife and two kids.

Robert Kowalsky

Assistant Professor

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Robert Kowalsky studies the impact of sedentary behavior on cardiometabolic health outcomes and their influence on disease development. His research and teaching interests include exercise physiology, exercise prescription, cardiometabolic diseases, and weight management. He holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh where his interests in sedentary behavior research started and set the groundwork for his research agenda. As a native Pennsylvanian, hailing from the Pittsburgh area, he is naturally a fan of his hometown sports teams: the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates and watches their games whenever possible. He is excited to join the TAMUK community and is looking forward to everything that south Texas has to offer!

Lakshmi Kollara Sunil

Assistant Professor

Department of Clinical Health Sciences

Dr. Kollara’s research is focused on using MRI and 3D imaging technology to study the speech mechanism in children with craniofacial anomalies and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. She is currently examining velopharyngeal muscle biomechanics and its effects on speech and surgical outcomes in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome using advanced MRI techniques and computational modeling. Her work also involves the development and innovative translation of non-sedated MRI scanning protocols across clinically complex pediatric populations. Her research and teaching interest include cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. 

Yaoxing Wu

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Engineering

Dr. Wu earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  Her research aims to understand and control hazardous chemical emissions from building materials and consumer products in indoor environment through cross-media mass transfer modeling and chamber tests. Her teaching interests include, but are not limited to, air pollution control, air quality modeling, environmental monitoring, and environmental exposure assessment.   

Min Zhong

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Engineering

Min Zhong is an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is interested in atmospheric aerosols.  Her research has focused on aerosols’ formation, aging, chemical and physical properties, and the impact of aerosols on regional air quality and climate change. She earned her doctorate degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida in 2013. She received her master’s degree of environmental engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea in 2005, and her bachelor’s degree of environmental engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2003. She is thrilled to join the Javelina family. 

This page was last updated on: October 13, 2017