Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Quality Enhancement Plan instructors recognized at 2nd annual luncheon April 30

KINGSVILLE - May 03, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (May 3, 2007) — Eight Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty members were recognized for their efforts in improving student success by engaging them through coursework at the 2nd Annual Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Appreciation Luncheon Monday, April 30.

The QEP supports faculty members that strive to give undergraduates a mastery of general education and knowledge of their major field; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; civic awareness; and ethical responsibility. The plan also hopes to get students engaged in continued learning after graduation.

Dr. Duane T. Gardiner, director of the QEP, along with Dr. Kay Clayton, provost and vice president of academic affairs, and Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juarez, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, presented plaques of recognition to the following faculty for fall 2006:

  • Jennifer R. Sholtis, associate professor of music       
  • Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, Regents Professor of language and literature and director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness.

  Recipients for spring 2007 were:

  • Dr. Pamela D. Doughty, assistant professor of health and kinesiology
  • Dr. Dean T. Ferguson, associate professor of history
  • Dr. Michelle R. Johnson-Vela, associate professor of Spanish
  • Dr. Nancy KingSanders, professor of music
  • Yutaka Kono, assistant professor of music
  • Dr. Brenda Melendy, associate professor of history

“Each of our QEP instructors demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to student success,” said Gardiner. “Their courses actively engage students in learning processes such as research, professional involvement and community service. 

“As examples, students in Michelle Johnson-Vela's Spanish class compiled oral autobiographies from migrant workers, and students in Nancy KingSander's music class participated in Kingsville's community orchestra.   

“Students often express appreciation for our QEP courses, and typically report high levels of learning from QEP engagement activities,” said Gardiner.

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