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The Winners Are In! UHD Faculty Recognized For Teaching Excellence

2022 Faculty Award Recipients Announced


By Sheryl E. Taylor

A celebrated UHD tradition, this year’s Faculty Awards were presented at the 2022 Faculty Awards Ceremony. UHD Faculty Senate President-Elect Dr. Krista Gehring served as host with special guests President Loren J. Blanchard and Dr. Akif J. Uzman, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost.

2022 Finalists & Winners (Noted In Bold)

Distinguished Faculty Award

  •  Dr. Qing “Ray” Cao, Supply Chain Management
  •  Dr. Edmund Cueva, Humanities
  •  Dr. Whitney Morgan, Management

Excellence in Teaching Award

  •  Dr. Rob McKee, Leadership & Entrepreneurship
  •  Dr. Candace TenBrink, Management
  •  Dr. Eszter Trufan, Chemistry

Excellence in Service Award

  •  Dr. Godwin Agboka, Technical & Professional Communication
  •  Dr. Julio Canedo, Management
  •  Dr. Dagmar Scharold, English

Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity Award

  •  Dr. Katrina Rufino, Psychology
  •  Dr. Amy Baird, Biology
  •  Dr. Heather Goltz, Social Work

Outstanding Lecturer Award

  •  Dr. Meghan Minard, Biology
  •  Dr. Kasi Bundoc, Professional Development
  •  Sam Sen, Natural Sciences

Outstanding Adjunct Award

  •  Mehdi Esmaeiliyan, Natural Sciences
  •  Dr. Charlet Jose, Natural Sciences
  •  Dr. Dalia Sherif, Business

Faculty Development Leave Awards

  •  Dr. Kit Cho, Associate Professor, Psychology
  •  Dr. Jeffrey Martz, Associate Professor, Geology
  •  Dr. Jean Nganou, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  •  Dr. David Ryden, Professor, History
  •  Dr. Rahul Verma, Professor, Finance
  •  Dr. Joseph Westfall, Professor, Philosophy

Recognition of Faculty Years of Service

20 Years

  •  Dr. Austin Allen, Associate Professor, History, Humanities & Languages
  •  Dr. Kristin J. Anderson, Professor, Social Sciences
  •  Dr. Utpal Bose, Professor, Finance & Management Information Systems
  •  Dr. Theresa Ann Case, Professor, History, Humanities & Languages
  •  Dr. Raquel P. Chiquillo, Associate Professor, History, Humanities & Languages
  •  Dr. Steven P. Coy, Professor, Management & Insurance Risk Management
  •  Dr. Kenneth Johnson, Associate Professor, Natural Sciences
  •  Dr. Windy Y. Lawrence, Professor, Arts & Communication
  •  Dr. Peter Li, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  •  Dr. John Linantud, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  •  Dr. Justo R. Manrique, Associate Dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business
  •  Dr. Mohsen M. Mobasher, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  •  Dr. Chynette D. Nealy, Professor, General Business, Marketing & Supply Chain
  •  Dr. William J. Nowak, Associate Professor, History, Humanities & Languages
  •  Dr. Lucille Pointer, Professor, General Business, Marketing & Supply Chain Management

25 Years

  •  Dr. Jane Creighton, Professor, English
  •  Dr. Sandra L. Dahlberg, Professor, English
  •  Dr. Ermelinda DeLaViña, Interim Dean, College of Sciences & Technology
  •  Dr. Poonam Gulati, Director, Quality Enhancement Plan and 
    Community Engagement & Service Learning Center
  •  Dr. Dagmar Scharold, Interim Department Chair, English
  •  Dr. Akif J. Uzman, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

30 Years

Dr. Sara Farris, Associate Professor, English

35 Years

Dr. Charles Smith, Professor, Finance & Management Information Systems

40 Years

Dr. Steve London, Professor, Mathematics & Statistics

“These faculty members reflect the dedication and commitment to institutional excellence that are core to the mission and values of UHD,” said Blanchard. “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.”

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.