Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan recently recognized 14 faculty members from the system’s four component institutions as recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. These awards recognize excellence in academics and research, and are the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the TTU System.
“The quality academic experience available to our students in the Texas Tech University System is a direct result of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our faculty members,” Duncan said. “They pursue groundbreaking, impactful research and guide our students in reaching new heights of excellence. On behalf of our institutions, it is an honor and a privilege to recognize our world-class faculty.”
The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, which recognizes top teaching and research faculty across the Texas Tech University System. Since the teaching and research awards were established by the council in 2001, 165 faculty have received awards totaling $1,035,000.
The Chancellor’s Council was originally created in 1967 as the President’s Council to recognize donors who helped Texas Tech University accomplish its highest goals. The program was renamed and expanded in 1996 with the establishment of the Texas Tech University System. Today, the Chancellor’s Council plays a vital role in creating opportunities for all four universities. The council supports student scholarships, faculty awards and top scholar recruitment.
Award recipients each receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.
Recognized for teaching excellence at Angelo State University was Susana Badiola, Ph.D.
Badiola is a professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Humanities. She is an innovative instructor who helped create the curriculum for ASU’s philosophy degree program. Her passionate commitment to philosophy and education guided her vision to expand what was previously a minor in philosophy into a full-grown program, which was implemented in 2013. She also continually develops new courses. By participating in faculty development workshops and incorporating the latest technology in her classroom, she promotes student engagement and provides extensive feedback to her students. She also reaches students across campus by incorporating elements of philosophy into the university’s core curriculum.
Outside the classroom, Badiola sponsors educational films on campus and takes students to philosophy presentations and professional conferences where their research is presented. She also advises the student Philosophy Club and has organized and participated in numerous philosophy forums, debates and presentations on campus, in the community and on various media.
Badiola received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Spanish literature from Saint Louis University and earned a doctorate of philosophy from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.
Recognized for research excellence at Angelo State University was Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, Ph.D.
Wongsrichanalai is an associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Humanities. He exemplifies the model of the teacher-scholar. He has developed and taught 10 courses for both the department and the ASU Honors Program and has received outstanding teaching evaluations, all while remaining committed to his scholarly pursuits.
Wongsrichanalai is co-director of a $99,982 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-director of ASU’s ongoing Great War Commemoration Lecture Series, and previously co-directed ASU’s grant-funded “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” project that included a popular lecture series from 2015-16.
In addition to winning prestigious grants and coordinating the corresponding projects, Wongsrichanalai shares his research at professional conferences and is widely published in historical journals, popular blogs and other media. He has also published two books and is working on a third.
Wongsrichanalai earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia.