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TTUS Chancellor’s Council 2024 Distinguished Faculty Awards Winners

May 03, 2024

Angelo State University faculty members Dr. Drew A. Curtis and Dr. Gayle L. Randall were presented with the Texas Tech University System’s 2024 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards for ASU during a May 2 ceremony on campus.

Recognizing academic excellence, the honors are the most prestigious awards granted to faculty throughout the TTU System. Curtis received the Distinguished Research Award for ASU, while Randall received the Distinguished Teaching Award for ASU. Each was presented with a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.

Portrait of TTUS Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell “Through the generous support of our Chancellor’s Council partners, I’m honored to recognize and present our distinguished faculty with this year’s teaching and research awards,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., chancellor of the TTU System. “It is with great pride that we celebrate these distinguished leaders for their careers dedicated to excellence in research and providing an unrivaled educational experience to our leaders of tomorrow.”

The awards are funded by gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, a giving society that supports the chancellor’s priorities across the TTU System. Since the honors were established in 2001, 249 faculty have received awards totaling nearly $1.5 million.

Dr. Drew Curtis Dr. Drew Curtis Curtis, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, joined the ASU faculty in 2013 and has become an internationally recognized research leader and referenced expert is his specialty of pathological lying. He has published his research in high-impact journals like the American Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Research and Clinical Practice, and he has published four books through the American Psychological Association. His research has also generated international recognition and interviews by such media as CNN, FOX, the New York Times, Sirius/XM Radio, Newsweek, CNBC, UK Today News and BBC Science Focus, among others, and he was featured in an episode of the true-crime series “Violent Minds: Killers on Tape” on the Oxygen network. He frequently presents his research at local, regional and national conferences, and he also encourages his students to conduct their own research in his Clinical Science and Deception Lab. His commitment to research also led to his appointment as chief executive officer for the Southwestern Psychological Association and his appointment as executive associate to the dean of ASU’s Archer College of Health and Human Services. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Gayle Randall Dr. Gayle Randall Randall, an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, has been an ASU faculty member since 2006 and constantly embodies ASU’s mission through student-centered teaching and other activities to provide a positive learning environment. She consistently receives some of her department’s highest marks on student reviews, despite teaching a wide variety of courses that vary from large freshman seminars to targeted upper-level specialty courses. She continually strives to improve her own performance by completing new certifications, including her Online Teaching Certification through the Online Learning Consortium and the Escala Faculty Fellows Program for Teaching and Learning in Hispanic Serving Institutions. She also incorporates innovative teaching methods, like computer simulations and “flip” courses, and she is the lead instructor for ASU’s Housley Principled Leadership Course. She is also the nationally recognized faculty advisor for ASU’s chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and co-founder of ASU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Dallas, and her dissertation was based partially on the innovative teaching techniques she uses in her classes at ASU.