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May 2006

Release Date: May 11, 2006

Maxwell Earns ASU Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Terry C. Maxwell, an Angelo State University biology professor for the past 30 years, has been named recipient of the university’s 2006 Teaching Excellence Award.

He, along with award finalists Dr. John Wegner of English and Jana Barnard of mathematics, was recognized at semester’s end during the general faculty meeting of ASU’s Faculty Senate.

Maxwell was honored for his “unique teaching style that mixes a relaxed lecture approach with rigorous expectations from his students” and for giving students “every opportunity to take the most possible from his courses.”

Twice during the last five years Maxwell has been designated as the ASU Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Sciences. In 1998 he received the Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

Through his successful weekly column “Naturally Texas” in the San Angelo Standard-Times, Maxwell has taken on the mantle of a public educator as well by providing consistently entertaining and educational columns and original artwork on various biological topics and issues of interest to residents of the Concho Valley.

Maxwell holds his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree from ASU.

Wegner was honored as “an innovative teacher attuned to his students’ interests and learning styles” while applying “equal energy and attentiveness to all of his classes, from freshman composition … to graduate seminars.” He was also lauded because he “sets the highest standards for his students and goes far beyond the norm in helping them achieve those standards.”

An ASU faculty member since 1997, Wegner holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University as well as a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.

Barnard joined the ASU faculty in 1987 and has developed a reputation as a “conscientious, caring, professional mathematics teacher, highly regarded by students and colleagues alike.” She was praised for transforming ASU’s two math courses designed for elementary and middle school teachers “from traditional lecture classes into inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory settings.”

She was also recognized for her effective in-service courses and training for public school teachers. Barnard holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ASU.

ASU’s Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to recognize and encourage teaching excellence. While research, publication, administration or related activities may be acknowledged in the award, the primary focus is on classroom teaching excellence. All faculty who have held a full-time appointment on the ASU faculty for three or more academic years are eligible for nomination.