Did you know Three alumni received top faculty awards at UHCL?
Did you know on April 9, UHCL honored its faculty and staff members for their exceptional service and extensive knowledge at the 36th Annual Faculty and Staff Awards. Among those recognized were three UHCL alumni, who received awards for their creative and widely-recognized research and classroom initiatives.
President William A. Staples, Provost Carl A. Stockton and Vice President Michelle Dotter presented service awards to 118 faculty and staff in recognition of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Next year’s ceremony will mark the first year that a 40-year service award could be presented.
In addition to the service awards, which recognized a combined 1,380 years of service to UHCL, Staples presented five awards to faculty members and four awards to staff members.
Of the five faculty awards presented, three went to alumni of the university. Alumnus Vernon Bryant, who received his master’s in 1989 from the School of Science and Computer Engineering, was awarded the Outstanding Lecturer Award. He is currently a senior lecturer in computer engineering.
Alumnus Kevin C. Wooten, professor of management for the School of Business, received his bachelor’s in behavioral science in 1976. He was awarded the 2014 President’s Distinguished Research Award, recognizing his research being featured in more than 45 publications and the more than 40 presentations he has given, including those at Academy of Management conferences. Wooten’s research includes the psychological and cognitive reactions to job loss, organizational fairness and justice, and educational theory applied to web-based technology. He was previously recognized with a 2011-12 University Faculty Fellowship and as a presenter at the UHCL Scholarly Lecture Series in spring 2012.
Fellow alumnus Stephen Cherry, who graduated with a master’s in sociology in 2000, received the 2014 President’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes a UHCL instructor who is recognized as a master teacher by his or her peers. Cherry joined UHCL in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor of sociology. He has been rated as “exceptional” for three of the four years he was rated. One reviewer says, “In every course, at every level, [Cherry] strives to make the profession relevant to the lives and careers of every student.” He has twice been nominated as UHCL’s Piper Award Nominee and was selected as this year’s nominee.
Additional award recipients include Peter Wuenschel, adjunct professor in social work for the School of Human Sciences and Humanities, who received the Outstanding Adjunct Award and Professor of Psychology Sharon K. Hall, who received the 2014 President’s Distinguished Service Award.
Three staff members were presented Staff Merit Awards. They are Usha Mathew, associate vice president of finance; Leticia Sanchez-Retamozo, senior academic adviser for distance and off-campus education; and Laura Velie, administrative secretary in career and counseling services.
A fourth staff member received the Hugh P. Avery Prize – The President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award. The Hugh P. Avery award recipient is selected from the prior year’s pool of Staff Merit Award recipients, all of who are nominated by university faculty and staff. This year’s recipient was Jerry Jones, director of technical services for university computing and telecommunications. Jones’ nomination letter spoke to his “immeasurable” love for UHCL and volunteerism, the importance he places on leadership and development, and his ability and dedication to provide open communication and professionalism at all levels.
Twenty-six members of the UHCL community, who have contributed more than 487 years of service, were also recognized for their recent or upcoming retirement from the university.
Has a UHCL professor made an impact on your life? Nominations for Outstanding Professor Award are being accepted each year until April 30 for the UHCL Alumni Association Awards. Other nominations are welcomed for the Distinguished Alumni, Early Achievement and Leadership Services Awards. To learn more or to complete a nomination, visit the “Acknowledge and Inspire Excellence” section at www.uhcl.edu/alumni.
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