UHD Professor Named Educator of the Year
By Paige Caldwell
Twice a year, the East Texas Historical Association (ETHA) convenes for a meeting comprised of paper presentations, panels led by historians, preservationists and archivists, and an award ceremony highlighting outstanding students and educators alike.
At ETHA’s fall meeting held October 12-13, University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) professor and Honors Program director, Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss was honored with the Ottis Lock Educator of the Year Award.
Each year, the Lock Endowment Committee nominates deserving educators who demonstrate excellence in educating the public about the history or culture of East Texas.
In addition to teaching multiple history courses, including "Houston: Past and Present", Nicholson-Preuss also serves as faculty advisor for UHD’s Garna Christian Chapter of Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. Through this organization, students benefit from getting to present their work at conferences as undergraduates and receiving advice from other professionals researching the history of East Texas.
"I was truly honored to be named the Ottis Lock Educator of the Year by the East Texas Historical Association" said Nicholson-Preuss. "Having been a member of the association for more than a decade, it meant a lot to be recognized by my colleagues. In 2013, I began taking my UHD students to present at the ETHA conferences and have since organized six student panels. Much of my academic and professional success I owe to the remarkable faculty mentors I had at Texas Tech and I am doing my best to live up to their example with my own students."
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.