Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Three Arts & Sciences Faculty Receive Awards for Research, Teaching

KINGSVILLE - May 13, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

Tuller, Liu and Johnson-Vela honored during end-of-year awards ceremony

With the end of the 2009-2010 school year, three Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty were honored for their commitment to scholarly pursuits and dedication in the classroom during the College of Arts and Sciences awards ceremony.

Dr. Roger Tuller, associate professor of history, received the William J. Hall Faculty award. The award recognizes excellence among the college’s liberal arts faculty. Recipients of the award have demonstrated commitment to developing the academic skills of students and are involved in student organizations. Tuller has taught in the history department since 2001.

Tuller holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, a master’s in history from Texas Christian University and a doctorate degree in History from Texas Christian University. Tuller is both an accomplished presenter, having presented his research across the country and the author of several scholarly publications.

Dr. Jingbo Louise Liu, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Olan Kruse Faculty Award, given to faculty from the college’s science departments recognizing excellence in either teaching and/or research. Liu has taught in the university’s chemistry department since 2006.

Liu holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Heilongjian University, Harbin, a doctorate from the University of Science and Technology—Beijing. Liu has authored dozens of publications highlighting her research.

Dr. Michelle Johnson Vela, associate professor of Spanish, received the College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award, honoring excelling in teaching in the classroom or lab. John Vela has taught in the university’s language and literature department since 2002.

Johnson Vela holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia-Charlottesville, a master’s degree in Twentieth Century Latin American Literature from Rice University and a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Indiana-Bloomington.

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