Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell recently recognized 13 faculty members from the TTU System’s four institutions as recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. These awards recognize excellence in academics and research, and are the most prestigious honors given to faculty members within the TTU System.
“I’m proud of the world-class innovation and excellence these faculty members exhibit and the unparalleled education and mentorship they provide to our students,” Mitchell said. “It is an honor to recognize these individuals and the many ways they power our mission to solve problems and change lives. I am thankful they choose to lend their talents and leadership to the institutions of the Texas Tech University System.”
The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, a giving society that supports Mitchell’s priorities of impacting student lives through scholarships, recognizing faculty achievement and encouraging excellence across the TTU System. Since the teaching and research awards were established by the council in 2001, 178 faculty have received awards totaling $1.1 million.
Award recipients each receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.
Joseph I. Satterfield, Ph.D.Recognized for research excellence at Angelo State University was
Satterfield is a professor of geology in the ASU College of Science and Engineering. He discovered his love of teaching outdoors while working summers during high school and college at El Rancho Cima Boy Scout Camp in Central Texas. In the 1980s, he worked for five years as a petroleum geologist, mostly for Marathon Oil Company. He later taught at Lamar University, Lee College and San Jacinto College before arriving at ASU in 2003.
In 2008, Satterfield and his department chair, Andrew Wallace, wrote a successful proposal for a Bachelor of Science in geoscience at ASU. He contributes by teaching structural geology, field camp, and mineralogy and petrology. He also works with undergraduate students in making geologic maps in the Big Bend region of West Texas, Northern Mexico and western Nevada. From 2011-14 he was the co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-supported project, “Pathways for Inspiring, Educating, and Recruiting West Texans in the Geosciences.” A paper he presented on this work won the 2015 Best Paper Award at the West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium.
Satterfield also continues to work with San Angelo Independent School District teachers on geology-related classroom projects and field trips. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology at Rice University, a master’s degree in geology at the University of Missouri, and a doctorate in geology from Rice.
Andrew B. Wallace, Ph.D.Recognized for teaching excellence at ASU was
Wallace is a professor of physics in the ASU College of Science and Engineering. He joined the ASU physics faculty in 1989 and served as chair of the Department of Physics and Geosciences from 1998 to 2012. Under his leadership, the department received national recognition in 2003 for its strategic programs for innovations in undergraduate physics.
Wallace was also the primary investigator on a U.S. Department of Education grant from 2005-12 that focused on improving high school physics teaching in West Central Texas. His current research involves measuring radiation in the air for the Environmental Protection Agency. He has served as president of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and received a U.S. Air Force Distinguished Educator Award.
In 2012, Wallace was named the first dean of ASU’s Freshman College, which established and maintains the innovative “Signature Courses” that help new freshmen acclimate to university education. He returned to full-time teaching in 2015.
Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical-electronic engineering technology at Texas Tech University, and received his master’s degree and doctorate in physics from the University of North Texas.