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2019 Faculty Awards Winners


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The University of Houston-Downtown's Faculty Senate presented the 2019 Faculty Awards on April 16 to recognize those professors, lecturers and adjunct instructors who are providing exceptional service to students, the community and University. Winners (denoted in bold) and finalists are as follows:

Outstanding Adjunct

  • Sam Sen, Natural Sciences (Winner)
  • Dr. Dalia Sherif, College of Business

Outstanding Lecturer

  • Dr. Elizabeth Gilmore, Criminal Justice
  • Simon Jakubowski, Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, Political Science

Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity

  • Dr. Krista Gehring, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Omprakash Gupta, Management
  • Dr. Benjamin Soibam, Computer Science & Engineering Technology

Excellence in Service

  • Dr. Michael Cavanaugh, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Windy Lawrence, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Creshema Murray, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Bernardo Pohl, Urban Education

Excellence in Teaching

  • Dr. Ashley Archiopoli, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Heather Goltz, Social Work
  • Dr. Judith Harris, Criminal Justice

Distinguished Faculty Award

  • Dr. Michael Connell, Urban Education
  • Dr. Edmund Cueva, History, Humanities & Languages
  • Dr. Lisa Morano, Natural Sciences

Faculty Development Leave Awards

  • Dr. Godwin Agboka, English
  • Dr. Kevin Buckler, Criminal Justice & Social Work
  • Dr. Anita Chadha, Sociology
  • Dr. Aaron Gillette, History, Humanities & Languages
  • Dr. Heather Goltz, Social Work

20 Years of Service

  • Dr. Anthony Chiaviello, English
  • Dr. Weining Feng, Computer Science & Engineering Technology
  • Mr. Richard Hill, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Randy K. Serrett, Accounting & International Business
  • Dr. Plamen Simeonov, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. Jeong-Mi Yoon, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr. Vasilis Zafiris, Mathematics and Statistics

25 Years of Service

  • Dr. Tyra Hessel, Chemistry
  • Bonnie Nadler-Blumberg, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Dr. Charles R. Strain, General Business, Marketing & Supply Chain Management

35 Years of Service

  • Dr. Samuel H. Penkar, Finance & Management Information Systems
  • Dr. Darshan L. Wadhwa, Accounting & International Business


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.