Release Date: April 8, 2009
Moreland, De Le�n Receive Inaugural Chancellor’s Council Awards at ASU
Faculty members Ellen D. Moreland of the Mathematics Department and Dr. Arnoldo De Le�n of the History Department have been named the inaugural Angelo State University recipients of the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award and Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award, respectively.
They, along with distinguished teaching award finalists Dr. Micheal W. Salisbury of the Agriculture Department and Dr. Russell Wilke of the Biology Department, were recognized during the spring general faculty meeting sponsored Wednesday, April 8, by the ASU Faculty Senate. All received plaques and monetary awards, $10,000 for Moreland and De Le�n and $1,300 for Salisbury and Wilke.
Moreland was named recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award for her “demonstrably effective” classroom teaching. She excels in teaching classes from remedial mathematics up to the senior capstone course, which she designed for prospective high school math teachers. Since she designed the capstone course more than a decade ago, 100 percent of the ASU students completing the high school mathematics certification program have passed the state certification exam on the first try. By contrast, the statewide average is approximately 65 percent.
Her advice is sought not only by students but also by fellow faculty members who seek her counsel on teaching. She is “widely respected, highly dedicated and extremely enthusiastic,” according to her colleagues. Moreland began as a part-time ASU mathematics instructor in 1988 before becoming a full-time faculty member a year later. She holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y.
De Le�n, the C.J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History at ASU, was honored for his historical research, which has re-shaped contemporary understanding of Texas history, particularly as it relates to Mexican Americans. He is the author of 15 critically acclaimed books and monographs as well as the editor of 11 more. His book They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900 is a standard and considered by some scholars to be one of the top 10 books ever written on Texas history.
As a result of his ongoing research, one colleague wrote that “his scholarship has greatly expanded our knowledge of the Mexican-American participation in the history of the United States.” His commitment to scholarship and his work ethic have made him perhaps the nation’s most prolific scholar in his specialization. He has been referred to as the “Dean of Tejano Studies.” De Le�n holds his bachelor’s degree from ASU and his master’s and doctoral degrees from TCU, all in history.
Salisbury, in addition to his classroom responsibilities, coaches ASU’s successful wool and mohair judging team. His reproductive techniques course is full every time he teaches it, despite the fact that it is not required for any agriculture majors. His success as a teacher is based on his adroit combination of classroom instruction, research and extracurricular support, as he regularly devotes time outside of class to work with students.
He has had numerous publications, including 10 articles in refereed journals and more than 100 other papers, abstracts, presentations, bulletins and fact sheets. Salisbury earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from ASU before taking his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in the same field.
Wilke advises pre-health professions majors and directs ASU’s Joint Admissions Medical Program, which has become a statewide model in preparing economically disadvantaged students for success in medical school. He is a classroom innovator focused not just on the subject he teaches but also on how it is delivered. He redesigned his department’s human biology course so that it contains material suitable to the various majors taking the course.
His colleagues say his teaching decisions are based not on convenience to himself or his students, but rather on “data driven evidence of what will best help students learn.” He not only does research on biology topics but also maintains an active research program in pedagogy and teaching methodologies. Wilke received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from ASU and his Ph.D. in college science education from the University of Texas at Austin.