Texas A&M-Kingsville professor of political science Nirmal Goswami named "Bringer of Light"

KINGSVILLE - November 24, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
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Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a “Bringer of Light” by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias.

An anonymous collection of campus community members, the Servants of Las Luminarias select those that they feel are “bringers of the light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.” 

As an honoree, Goswami received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, plant and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Goswami has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.” 

Goswami was familiar with the award, but wasn’t expecting to find one in his office last Friday. “I found the framed award and a plant in a beautiful ceramic pot on my desk when I entered my office in the morning! I didn’t immediately know what it was.” 

Twenty-five-plus years ago, Goswami joined the faculty of Texas A&M-Kingsville. It was the first full-time job he ever had—and it has been the only full-time job he has ever had. Prior to A&M-Kingsville, Goswami was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Teaching is one of his primary joys, but Goswami said his overall enjoyment with being a faculty member comes from being able to do a variety of things, such as mentoring students and developing student-centered programs. 

When asked to name highlights from his time at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Goswami named four. 

“Seeing students who have gone on to succeed professionally, many of whom have remained in touch with me, some for over 20 years,” Goswami said. “The pleasure of working with wonderful colleagues, not only in my own department and college, but also across our university,” he continued. “The development of several global political science-based programs, as well as developing student-focused documentary films and radio series based on these programs,” Goswami added. His fourth highlight was his association with the Javelina Women’s Tennis program since its inception, serving as a volunteer assistant coach. 

Twenty-five years ago, when his career was just beginning, Goswami started a family as well. Wife Jaya shares Nirmal’s passion for teaching and higher education – she also works at A&M-Kingsville, serving as Associate Dean and faculty member for the College of Education and Human Performance. They have a son, Rohit, a senior at H.M. King High School in Kingsville. 

Goswami said he would like to teach for several more years. After his time in the classroom comes to an end, he plans to volunteer with non-governmental organizations in different parts of the world, with a focus on wildlife conservation, sustainable development and sports.