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Chancellor’s Council Expands Awards, Announces Prestigious Award Winners

Previously recognizing teaching and research excellence, the Chancellor’s Council added awards for distinguished commercialization and granted a total of 18 awards to faculty members throughout the TTU System. 

December 6, 2013 | Written by Jaryn Jones

2013 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Faculty Award WinnersFront Row (L to R):  Melanie Hart, Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Claudia Cogliser and Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell. Back Row (L to R):  Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis, Brian Shannon, Ted Reid, Siva Vanapalli, Dan Blunk, Sandra Huston, TTUHSC President Tedd Mitchell, Rubini Pasupathy, Regent Nancy Neal, Mingtao Zeng, Thomas Abbruscato, Nikita Mirajkar, Ina Urbatsch and Chancellor Kent Hance.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance today (Dec. 6) announced recipients of the 13th annual Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards. Recognizing excellence in teaching, research and commercialization, these awards represent the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the TTU System.

“We are pleased to present these outstanding awards to such esteemed individuals,” Hance said. “These faculty members represent the best of the best and continue to take our universities to new heights.”

For the first time in its history, this year’s list of recipients also includes awards honoring faculty members for commercialization efforts. The Chancellor’s Council awards now include Distinguished Research, Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Commercialization awards.

Eight faculty members from Texas Tech University, six faculty members from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), two faculty members from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and two faculty members from Angelo State University received the honors for a total of 18 recipients.

“We are grateful to have such hardworking faculty members on our team,” Hance said. “Their efforts not only benefit our students and research efforts but also advance the reputation of our institutions.”

Each winner receives a commemorative medallion and a $5,000 award. The Chancellor’s Council raises funds for student scholarships and recruitment, faculty awards and support, and other programs of excellence.

The Distinguished Research Awards went to the following individuals:

The Distinguished Teaching Awards went to the following individuals:

The Distinguished Commercialization Awards went to the following individuals:

About the Texas Tech University System 
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.

In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.