Announcing the 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards
03/29/2021, 09:00:02 PM

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Provost Paula Myrick Short is pleased to announce the 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards honorees. Through inspirational teaching, critical research, and mentoring and advising students, exceptional faculty have brought national recognition to the University of Houston. The award recipients will be honored during the virtual 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards celebration on May 7, 2021. Please join Provost Short in congratulating these highly deserving faculty members!

Moores Professorship

This five year, renewable professorship is awarded to faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching, research, and service.

Matthew Nicol, Mathematics
Zhigang Deng, Computer Science 
Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of faculty in eight individual categories: Teaching Excellence, Provost Core, Innovation in Instructional Technology, Instructor/Clinical, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Community Engagement, Career, and Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence. The Teaching Excellence Awards also recognizes Group Teaching as a separate category.

Teaching Excellence
This award is given to faculty in recognition of outstanding achievements in teaching.

Ruth Lopez, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Kristina Neumann, History
Yoon Koh, Hotel and Restaurant Management

Provost Core
This award is given to faculty who have demonstrated outstanding teaching in undergraduate core curriculum courses.

Lisa Farmer, Biology and Biochemistry

Innovation in Instructional Technology
This award is given to faculty who have demonstrated excellence in innovative teaching using instructional technology.

Susie Gronseth, Curriculum and Instruction
Melody Yunzi Li, Modern and Classical Languages

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

Ana Medrano, Biology and Biochemistry
Justin Burris, Curriculum and Instruction
Debbie Harwell, History
Kathleen Reeve, Nursing
Virginia Lucas, Social Work

Graduate Teaching Assistant
This award is given to graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Shelby Johnston, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Rena Bradley, English
Sendy Monarrez, Hispanic Studies

Community Engagement
This award is given in recognition of full-time faculty who involve students in service to the community through service learning activities or community engagement projects.

Nouhad Rizk, Computer Science
Nancy Young, History

This award is given to faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of their career at the University of Houston.

Claudine Giacchetti, Modern and Classical Languages

Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence
This award is given in recognition of faculty who have made sustained and significant contributions to education within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member. 

Rebecca Forrest, Physics

Group Teaching
This award recognizes groups of faculty in both formal and informal programs who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success, and who have worked together collaboratively to improve student outcomes.

The Bauer College of Business Team: Cougar Investment Fund Program

Thomas George, Finance
Praveen Kumar, Finance
Michael Murray, Decision and Information Sciences
Paul Povel, Finance
Vijay Yerramilli, Finance

Global Award

This award is given to tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the promotion of globalization of teaching, research, and/or service.

Ki-Joon Back, Hotel and Restaurant Management

Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards

This award recognizes the mentorship efforts of University of Houston faculty at all stages of their careers. The award acknowledges faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors and who have demonstrated at least five years of mentorship involvement.

Rosenda Murillo, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
Pranav Parikh, Health and Human Performance
Haleh Ardebili, Mechanical Engineering

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

This award recognizes a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.

Diana Chow, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH
Distinguished Professor of Education | 832.842.0550

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