Fifteen NSM Faculty Honored at UH Faculty Excellence Luncheon

Excellence in Teaching, Research and Scholarship

UHFifteen College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty members brought home honors for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and scholarship.

The awards, given each year at the “UH Faculty Excellence Luncheon,” are among the highest honors bestowed by the University of Houston. All winners receive a cash prize.

“These 15 individuals exemplify true dedication to teaching, mentoring and research. Our students benefit greatly because of the hard work of these exceptional faculty members,” said Dan E. Wells, NSM dean.

John and Rebecca Moores Professorship
Five year, renewable professorship given to faculty who are outstanding in teaching, research and service.

  • Kevin E. Bassler, Physics and Mathematics

Teaching Excellence Career Award
Given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence over the course of his or her career of 20 years or more at UH.

  • Randy Thummel, Chemistry

Awards for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Two awards at the Assistant Professor rank are presented to individuals who have demonstrated great potential in research, scholarship or creative endeavors.

  • Ognjen Miljanić, Chemistry

Awards for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Two awards at the Associate Professor rank are presented to individuals who have established a growing record of outstanding research, scholarship or creative contributions.

  • Steven Baldelli, Chemistry

Teaching Excellence Award
Given to faculty members in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching.

  • Shuhab Khan, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • William Ott, Mathematics
  • Robert Stewart, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Jokūbas Žiburkus, Biology and Biochemistry

Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core
Given to faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching in the Core Curriculum.

  • Barry Lefer, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

  • Rebecca George, Mathematics

Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching
Recognizing a cluster of faculty in both formal and informal programs who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success, who have worked together collaboratively to improve student outcomes, and who demonstrate effective and innovative teaching.

  • Paige K. Evans, Maria B. Benzon, Perri F. Segura and Leah McAlister-Shields

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award – Pre-Tenure
Given by the University Commission on Women in recognition of faculty scholarly achievement.

  • Cecilia Williams, Biology and Biochemistry