12:05 PM

Message from the President: Congratulations to the 2022 Faculty Award Nominees

UHD President Loren J. Blanchard

Last week, the University of Houston-Downtown held its annual Faculty Awards Ceremony. I’d like to extend my congratulations to the nominees and winners in each award category.

Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. Qing “Ray” Cao – Winner
Dr. Edmund Cueva – Winner
Dr. Whitney Morgan

Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Rob McKee – Winner
Dr. Candace TenBrink
Dr. Eszter Trufan

Excellence in Service Award
Dr. Godwin Agboka – Winner
Dr. Julio Canedo
Dr. Dagmar Scharold

Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity Award
Dr. Katrina Rufino – Winner
Dr. Amy Baird
Dr. Heather Goltz

Outstanding Lecturer Award
Dr. Meghan Minard – Winner
Dr. Kasi Bundoc
Sam Sen

Outstanding Adjunct Award
Mehdi Esmaeiliyan – Winner
Dr. Charlet Jose
Dr. Dalia Sherif

These faculty members reflect the dedication and commitment to institutional excellence that are core to the mission and values of UHD. As many of the award recipients spoke about student success being a fundamental driver of their work, it is clear that the impact being made is resulting in a larger number of UHD graduates who are ready for their careers that lie ahead.

On behalf of the campus community, I extend my sincere gratitude to the faculty noted above and to all faculty in each College for your efforts in making the higher education experience at UHD truly life-changing for our students.


Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D.
President, University of Houston-Downtown