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Texas Tech Parents Association Honors Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Honoring faculty with awards from Texas Tech Parents Association remains one of the most significant exercises performed by the Association. Awarding outstanding faculty for their excellence supports the university’s vision and mission.  Recognizing talented individuals within the University’s teaching and research communities provides a vehicle for rewarding new and innovative ideas to students, creating and expanding excellence in scholarship, and inspiring faculty in residence to join in academic endeavors that strengthen the university’s ability to obtain its goals.



Spring 2013 Faculty Honorees



     Dr. Lionel W. Poirier
The recipient of the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award, in the STEM disciplines, is Dr. L. William Poirier, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences.  
Dr. Poirier received his Bachelor of Science from Brown University, did graduate work in Physics at the University of Maryland College Park, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Poirier joined Texas Tech University in 2001 and has since accumulated almost $2 million in external funding as a sole primary investigator and has generated another $1 million as a co-primary investigator. Dr. Poirier is a leader in quantum dynamics and chemical physics. He has generated over 65 publications, several of which have received recognition for their high level of impact in his area of research. Dr. Poirier’s high profile and internationally known research activities and workshops have helped promote Texas Tech University’s reputation in its push for Tier One status.


     Dr. Genaro Pérez
The recipient of the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award, in the Social Science, Humanities, Creative Arts disciplines is Dr. Genaro Pérez, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences.   Dr. Pérez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Louisiana State University and his Master of Art and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Tulane University. He joined Texas Tech University in 1995.

Dr. Pérez has achieved national and international renown as a tireless and distinguished writer and lecturer. He has published 12 books, book chapters, and numerous articles and essays. Dr. Pérez’s research has and will continue to play an important role in the work of future scholars and he commands international respect as a researcher and creative writer.



Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award

Since 1973, presented to a professor who demonstrates exceptional teaching ability as attested by his students, fellow faculty members and administrators and who has been a member
of the faculty for no more than four years

Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award

Since 1966, presented to a professor who demonstrates exceptional creativity in his approach to excellence in teaching as attested to by students, faculty and administrators, by making more effective use of the University as an educational force in the lives and training of his students.

Faculty Distinguished
Leadership Award

Since 1986, presented to a faculty member who demonstrates distinguished service on committees, boards, and councils and outstanding leadership, which propels the university’s pursuit of excellence.






During our Spring Awards reception, Texas Tech Parents Association also honors a student in each of the academic colleges and the schools of Allied Health, Law, and Nursing for superior achievement in both academics and service to the community.  Their service refers to recognizing a public need, voluntarily identifying with it, and demonstrating superior leadership and/or a high quality of performance in fulfilling that public need. Winners of these awards maintain high academic standards while simultaneously being involved in student activities and in their community.   Each college/school nominates two students and provides a letter of recommendation for each student.  



Spring 2013 Student Honorees


Brandon ReevesCollege of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources
Animal Science and Political Science major;  represented his college in the Student Government Association, served on President’s Select; member of Texas Tech’s national champion Meat Judging Team.

Kelsi Knife School of Allied Health Master of Occupational Therapy program; chair of the Student Occupational Therapy Association Community Service Committee with active role in planning and organizing service events; completed over 70 hours of community service since beginning the occupational therapy program.

Austin Moore College of Architecture Architecture major with a minor in General Business; president of the American Institute of Architecture Students; active member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a community service organization; represented Architecture in the Student Government Association as a senator.

Brittany LancasterCollege of Arts & Sciences Psychology major; served as a peer mentor for Honors students, is active in Pegasus, Texas Tech program for first-generation college students, volunteered with South Plains Food Bank and the Morris Safe House animal shelter.

Zachery West
Rawls College of Business
Master of Science Accounting major; president of the Rawls College of Business Ambassadors; founder of the Black Business Student Association; been involved in the Student Government Association as a Senator and Chief Justice.

Adrian HystenCollege of EducationMultidisciplinary Studies major; volunteers weekly at Estacado High School as a Lead Mentor through Mentor Tech’s Adopt-A-Class program; active in his church’s ministries, including raising money for the homeless in Lubbock and surrounding communities.

Andrew Alleman
Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering Environmental Engineering major; worked with Limitless Vistas, a non-profit organization to help clean up polluted areas in New Orleans; member of the Society of Environmental Professionals, organizes the training of the Texas Tech Triathlon Team, served as a Community Assistant in the residence halls.

Matthew NguyenHonor's College
Biology major hoping to attend medical school; serves as upperclassman Mentor in the Honors College’s First Year Experience program; volunteered with Lubbock Impact, The TTU Health Sciences Center Free Clinic, Asbury Methodist Church, University Medical Center, The School of Medicine, and the Vietnamese Student Association.

Nicholas HayesCollege of Human SciencesCommunity, Family, and Addiction Services major; works in a recovery center helping people transition from treatment to everyday life; traveled to Ghana, Africa to visit hospitals and recovery centers to encourage young people in recovery; participates in the Association of Students About Service, Relay for Life, and the American Cancer Society.

Katherine Lepard
School of LawSecond-year law student  in the top 1% of her class; staff member for the Texas Tech Law Review journal; competed successfully in law school advocacy competitions; president of the Organization of Women Law Students; assisted in organizing "Heels and Hearsay,” an event that raised money for Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock. Her efforts have also resulted in funds supporting the Student Tragedy Relief Fund, designed to help law students who encounter financial difficulties.

Alexandra Pedrini
College of Media and Communications
Electronic Media and Communications major; involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Texas Tech University; helped organize the annual fundraising event; served as the Public Relations Chair for Texas Tech’s Relay for Life since 2009; worked on the 2012 presidential campaign as an intern.

Staci Godwin
School of Nursing
Senior in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program;  provided leadership for the global health initiative at the School of Nursing; traveled to Nicaragua with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center with the goal of providing primary care and education for impoverished people, many of whom had never received medical care.

Kimberly Sheeran
College of Visual & Performing Arts
Senior Dance major who plans to teach dance; president of the University Dance Company;  Service Officer for Chi Tau Epsilon whose philanthropic endeavors include outreach events, donations, and an annual benefit concert for Hospice of Lubbock.  Kimberly’s original choreography was recently chosen by Texas Tech faculty for an alumni and community event celebrating the Creative Movement Studio.






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