Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Javelina Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Teaching, Research Winners

KINGSVILLE - October 10, 2013

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The Javelina Alumni Association will honor its 2013 Distinguished Teaching and Research Award recipients at the organization’s Distinguished Alumni Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 12.

Dr. Jaya Goswami, associate professor in the teacher and bilingual education department, director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness, and associate dean of the College of Education and Human Performance, earned the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Kim Jones, professor and chair of the environmental engineering department and director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, earned the Distinguished Research Award.

The Distinguished Teaching Award is presented to a deserving faculty member who has shown outstanding service to the Javelina community through education and student activities.

The Distinguished Research Award is presented to a deserving faculty member who has shown superior scholarship through publication, continued creativity, the research impact on the field and/or other academic or professional awards.

About Dr. Jaya Goswami

Goswami first taught at the university from fall 1991 to spring 1993 as an instructor in the Department of Language and Literature and College I. She later was an instructor in the Department of Bilingual Education starting in 2001 and covered a number of the following semesters through summer 2006. In addition, she served as a lecturer in the language and literature department from fall 2004 to summer 2006. In fall 2006, she became an assistant professor in the bilingual education department, advancing to associate professor in fall 2011. She also coordinated the bilingual education doctoral program from spring 2007 to spring 2010.

In addition to her current associate professor duties, Goswami has served as director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness since spring 2012, and as the associate dean for the College of Education and Human Performance since spring 2010. She is a certified virtual instructor and a Quality Matters™ Peer Reviewer, which entitles Goswami to review and evaluate online courses at A&M-Kingsville and other institutions; in fall 2010, one of her courses was peer-reviewed and approved by Quality Matters™ as meeting nationally recognized standards to ensure excellence in distance education.

Among her honors, Goswami has earned the university’s Kay Clayton Administrator Award in 2013, and the Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award from her college in 2010. She was principal investigator on a University Research Award for the project, “Implementing and Assessing Cooperative Learning Strategies in Elementary English Language Learning Classrooms” Goswami also was co-principal investigator on the project, “A Study of the Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning Strategies in Distance Learning Courses at the Graduate Level” from the South Texas Expansion Program for Hispanic Graduate Students grant.

Goswami has authored and co-authored numerous refereed journal articles, refereed proceedings and a refereed encyclopedia entry. She also has co-authored and presented for refereed and non-refereed presentations ranging from the local level to the international level, including as an invited keynote speaker.

Goswami is an active member of five different professional societies, and has participated in a host of committees for her department and college, the university and for the Texas A&M University System.

She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Gauhati, an M.A. in linguistics and an M.Phil. in linguistics, both from the University of Delhi, and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Connecticut.

About Dr. Kim D. Jones

Jones came to A&M-Kingsville in 1999 as an assistant professor of environmental engineering. He was named associate professor and chair of the environmental engineering department in 2004, and also began serving as director of the South Texas Environmental Institute that year. In 2009, Jones was named professor and also served for a year as the interim dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. He began his time as director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment in 2010.

Prior to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Jones was an environmental project engineer for Camp, Dresser & McKee in Atlanta; an instructor and research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and an engineer with ARCO Oil and Gas Company. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.

Jones has achieved more than $6 million in external research funding for Texas A&M-Kingsville as a principal investigator (PI), and supported another $10 million in external funding as a co-principal investigator (co-PI).

For the last 10 years, he has served as a co-PI for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded university center named Research on Environmental Sustainability for Semi-Arid Coastal Areas, and has been PI for the NSF-funded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) for science and engineering at A&M-Kingsville. These grants have provided support to more than 30 graduate students and more than 10 undergraduate research assistants.

Jones has published 39 peer reviewed technical articles and chapters, and 37 conference proceedings and technical presentations from professional meetings and seminars. 

Jones is an active member of six different professional societies. Among his professional appointments are serving as chair of the Habitat Restoration Workgroup for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Planning Steering Committee, a former vice president of the Board of Directors of the South Texas Water Authority, and an appointment by the Kleberg County Commissioners Court to the Citizens Review Board for oversight of in-situ uranium solution mining operations in South Texas.

Some of the awards earned by Jones include being named Professor of the Year for the environmental engineering department; Stormont Lecturer for Victoria College; being named the university’s Faculty Lecturer; and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He holds a B.S. in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, an M.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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