Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Twenty-Eight Faculty Receive Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Awards

KINGSVILLE - March 11, 2010

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

Twenty-eight faculty members at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have been presented with the Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, a honor initiated by Chancellor Michael D. McKinney in 2008 to honor and financially reward the system’s top teachers as selected by students.  

Specifically, 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.

The award was given to 207 faculty members in the Texas A&M University System, for a total of $712,150. Texas A&M-Kingsville ranked second to Texas A&M University in number of awards received.

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

Top 5 Percent Winners

Mario P. Casa de Calvo, assistant professor, psychology and sociology
Cyndi C. Walker-Ewert, lecturer, psychology and sociology
Laura C. Garza, assistant professor, psychology and sociology
Michelle R. Johnson Vela, associate professor, language and literature
David H. Sabrio, Regents Professor, language and literature
Greg L. Sanders, professor, music
Jaehyung Yu, associate professor, physics and geosciences

Top 15 Percent Winners

Stacey A. Gaines, assistant professor, health and kinesiology
Darin Hoskisson, assistant professor, music
Mauro E. Castro, professor, chemistry
Greta Schuster, associate professor, agronomy and resource sciences
Susan W. Sabrio, lecturer, mathematics
Odette Gonzalez, lecturer, biological and health sciences
Judith Cole, professor, music
Carl David Murphy, visiting associate professor, chemical and natural gas engineering
Debbie Bravenec, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction
Xiaoliu Chi, assistant professor, chemistry
Donald D. Daughtry, associate professor, psychology and sociology
Kenneth W. Escudero, assistant professor, biological and health sciences
Jean M. Escudero, assistant professor, biological and health sciences
Roger Hanagriff, associate professor, agronomy and resource sciences
Fidel Hernandez, associate professor, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Marco Iniguez, lecturer, language and literature
Andrea R. Litt, assistant professor, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Kimberly C. McCuistion, assistant professor, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management
Ryan Rhoades, assistant professor, agronomy and resource sciences
Jacqueline Thomas, Regents Professor, language and literature
Adria P. Vasquez, lecturer, accounting and computer information systems


About the A&M System

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates nearly 115,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.


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