Faculty & Staff Awards - University of Houston
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The dedicated faculty and staff at the University of Houston College of Education drive the College’s success. To that end, the College offers numerous awards to recognize outstanding employees. Award recipients typically are honored at the College’s annual Faculty & Staff Breakfast in August.

Recent recipients are listed below:

Faculty & Staff Award Winners

  • 2022 Winners

    Collaborative Research Excellence Award

    Faculty Research Mentoring Award

    • Lyle McKinney, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    Teaching Excellence Award

    • Tiffany J. Davis, clinical assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
    • Allison Master, assistant professor, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    • Kristen Hassett, clinical associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    Staff Excellence Award

    • Miranda Jasso, research administrator, Office of Research
    • Karen Tran, department business administrator, Office of Finance

    Staff Distinguished Service Award

    Staff Spirit Award

  • 2021 Winners

    Collaborative Research Excellence Award

    • Lorraine Reitzel, professor, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences

    Research Excellence Award

    Teaching Excellence Award

    Staff Excellence Award

    • Isabel Martinez Leal, researcher, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    • Lena Mitchell, research administrator, previously in the Office of Research

    Staff Distinguished Service Award

    Staff Spirit Award

    • Yonelly Gutiérrez, program manager, previously in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
    • Oluwasade Orebiyi, academic advisor, previously in the Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • 2020 Winners

    Collaborative Research Excellence Award

    • Ruth López, assistant professor of educational leadership
    • Margit Wiesner, associate professor of measurement, quantitative methods and learning sciences

    Research Excellence Award

    Teaching Excellence Award

    • Erica Jordan, clinical assistant professor of human development and family studies
    • Shawn Kent, assistant professor of special populations
    • Ruth López, assistant professor of educational leadership

    Staff Excellence Award

    Staff Distinguished Service Award

    • Rebecca Perez, program manager, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • 2019 Winners

    Collaborative Research Excellence Award

    • Lyle McKinney, associate professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    Teaching Excellence Award

    • Carrie Cutler, clinical assistant professor, Curriculum & Instruction
    • Marcel de Dios, assistant professor, Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    • Kristen Hassett, clinical associate professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
    • Lyle McKinney, associate professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    Staff Excellence Award

    Staff Spirit Award

    • Nicole Switzer, administrative assistant, Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences