Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Nine A&M-Kingsville Faculty Receive Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards

KINGSVILLE - July 06, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Voluntary, student-evaluated award program goes into effect throughout A&M System

Nine faculty members at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have been presented with the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, a honor developed through the Office of the Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.

The award is given to those faculty members that score the highest in student evaluations of their class. The recipients represent the top 20 percent of those who participated. The top five percent are awarded $5,000 to $10,000. The next 15 percent receive $2,500 to $5,000. Awards are based on rankings from evaluations created and administered by students, with weighting for factors such as class size.

Among the qualities ranked by students in the evaluation are the instructor’s knowledge of the class subject; whether they stimulated critical thinking; whether an atmosphere of learning was created; the enthusiasm of the instructor; and if the student would recommend the course to others. All faculty who teach at least a three-hour course are eligible.

Faculty members of Texas A&M-Kingsville awarded the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards for spring 2009 are as follows:

Top 5 Percent Winners
Fred T. Ponder, professor, educational leadership and counseling
Scott E. Henke, professor and chair, animal and wildlife science

Top 15 Percent Winners
Stacey A. Gaines, lecturer, health and kinesiology
Pamela V. Hill, lecturer, psychology and sociology
Christine E. Ennis Carrillo, lecturer, music
Jacqueline M. Ferguson, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction-Texas A&M University-San Antonio (previously Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio)
Darin T. Hoskisson, assistant professor, music
Randall H. Williams, professor, agronomy and resource sciences
Steven D. Lukefahr, Regents professor, animal and wildlife sciences

Texas A&M-Kingsville, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University were the first three universities in the Texas A&M University System to implement the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards, as part of a pilot program that began in fall 2008. For the spring 2009 semester, the program expanded to all the campuses in the A&M System.

The evaluation used by students was developed by The Texas A&M University System vice chancellor for academic affairs. Items included on the evaluation were selected from a pool of items submitted by system academic officers, system faculty governance bodies and system student government associations.

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