Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Accounting lecturer receives non-tenure track award

KINGSVILLE - April 12, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-59302590

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Adria Palacios Vasquez is a certified public accountant in private practice with her father, Adelfino Palacios Jr. In her spare time she also is a full-time lecturer for the finance and economics department in the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. All her hard work paid off when she received the Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award from the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

She received her award at a reception held Thursday, April 14. During the award presentation, Dr. Jackie Thomas, Regents Professor and director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness, read some examples of the good work that lead to Vasquez receiving the award over the other nominees.

“Her teaching technique of lecture and practice examples on the board, followed by group work, helps students learn to solve accounting problems,” “Her ability to bring accounting problems to a level that all majors (not just accounting majors) can understand is a great teaching advantage,” and “Students in the income tax class enjoyed her class so much that they started a petition to have her teach the advanced income tax class in the fall semester of 2011.”

 Other nominees were Erik Jones, lecturer in history; Jerome M. Tymrak, lecturer in agronomy and resource sciences; Dr. JooHyun Lee, lecturer in music; and Judy Bloomquist, lecturer in health and kinesiology.

About Adria Palacios Vasquez

Vasquez earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s in public accounting, both from University of Texas. She is a partner in a private accounting practice, Palacios and Palacios, PC in Corpus Christi, with her father, Adelfino Palacios Jr.

In addition to her lecturing duties, she also is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coordinator at the university.

She has been a lecturer at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 2009. She previously was an adjunct lecturer at Del Mar College, University of Incarnate Word and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She was a tax specialist with KPMG LLP, a teaching assistant at University of Texas and a tax intern with Exxon Company, USA.

Vasquez received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in fall 2009 and was a Feria De Las Flores Honorary Recipient in the summer of 2010. She was a member of the Corpus Christi Tennis Association Board, was a USTA Tennis League participant and was a member of the Corpus Christi Cable Commission and the Corpus Christi Education Foundation.

She currently is a member of the Texas Society of CPA and is a board nominee for 2011-2012.


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