April 27, 2022
These awards celebrate the love of learning that unites us as a university community and the outstanding scholars and teachers who personify this passion for inquiry and growth.
The Deans’ Awards are among the highest honors bestowed to faculty at the university level. The awards originated in 1982 as the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Awards and were given in alternate years.
Currently, TCU bestows three Deans’ Teaching Awards and the three Deans’ Awards for Research and Creativity annually. Each school or college nominates one faculty member for each award, with AddRan College of Liberal Arts nominating two, one from each of its divisions, Humanities and Social Sciences. All TCU deans vote to determine the six winners.
Aesha John, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Aesha John, Ph.D., has been at TCU since August 2015. Her research focuses on well-being among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and parenting in difficult contexts. Centered around the notion of unified diversity, each one of her projects explores a unique dimension and serves as a building block for subsequent projects. She often focuses on under-researched populations whose voices are not adequately represented in the current literature.
“TCU’s teacher-scholar model is central to my research. It not only enhances the quality of my scholarship, but also creates impact by shaping the next generation of social work scholars. This honor is a reminder to continue to engage students in the process of discovery and to get them excited about research.”
Endia J. Lindo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education
College of Education
Endia Lindo, Ph.D., has been at TCU for six years. Within her 20-plus publications, she has developed an academic reputation for expertise on reading comprehension for students with learning dis/abilities or difficulties in elementary and middle grades. Her scholarship has examined the factors related to differential response to intervention and addressed the inequities in schooling for students with dis/abilities and students who experience additional educational barriers due to cultural and linguistic difference. She is a prolific speaker at national conferences and has also been successful in securing external funding for her important research.
“Receiving this honor for research that endeavors to enhance outcomes and increase the sense of belonging for students who are often marginalized due to difference or dis/ability will hopefully serve to reinforce to our students the value of continually striving to appropriately engage and support all learners and raise their awareness of strategies to do so.”
Adam W. McKinney, M.A., Associate Professor of Dance
College of Fine Arts
Adam McKinney, M.A., arrived at TCU in 2016 and has impacted both the university and the communities with his work. His research and creative projects extend across live performance, digital app development, film and photo installations, book chapters, journal articles and presentations. His work is centered in artistic practice and scholarship in his multifaceted skillset and talents, applying those to community reckoning, social justice and healing.
“Being honored for my research as a creative activity communicates the importance of the arts in reconciling histories of oppression. This honor exemplifies TCU’s interest in and commitment to placing student learning at the center of this work."
Ashley E. English, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Ashley English, Ph.D., joined the Department of Strategic Communication in fall 2016 and is known as an instructor, mentor, advocate and thought leader. She is currently serving as the chair of her departmental DEI committee, is the co-founder/organizer of the TCU Nonprofit Communicators’ Conference and is an instructor with the Certified Public Communicator Program. Additionally, she is known as a consistent and strong voice advocating for student mental health and well-being.
“My life’s purpose is to create supportive communities where people are inspired to bring their authentic selves to exchange ideas, navigate challenges, celebrate victories and identify practical strategies to take action on God’s call for their lives. Thus, I view community building as a foundational element for a vibrant learning community.”
Alex Lemon, M.F.A., Professor of English
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
In his 14 years at TCU, Alex Lemon, MFA, has expanded opportunities for student engagement in the literary arts, including the building of a creative writing minor. He is known for his thoughtful course design and detailed feedback as an award-winning professor and has also achieved recognition for his own work as a writer and poet, publishing six books since arriving at TCU in 2008. He is known not only as a skilled writer and instructor but as a valued mentor and advisor.
“As a creative writer, my teaching focuses on helping each student find their voice. Creative writing engages with and amplifies diverse voices and perspectives. This award is a recognition of students who are courageous enough to tell important, challenging stories."
Jennifer Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Education (Literacy)
College of Education
Joining the College of Education in 2017, Jennifer Smith, Ph.D., has made a significant impact at TCU. She has collaborated with faculty on initiatives like Deans for Impact and the Summer Literacy Institute. When the Texas Education Agency was adding an additional exam for elementary and middle school teaching certification, she was at the helm of making sure the TCU program prepared its students.
“My teaching style is a balance of delivering course content and providing students with ample opportunities to actively engage with the material through in-class activities and discussions. My goal is to involve students in thinking about the content individually and collaboratively and to consider how they will use the material in their future personal or professional roles.”
Graduate Student Awards
The Outstanding Graduate Research, Teaching and Service awards winners are selected by each school or college to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in those areas.
Noah Bowles – College of Fine Arts
Cassandra Cartmill – College of Education
Glenda Diaz – Neeley School of Business
Jong-Keyong Kim – AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Molly Little – Schieffer College of Communication
Summer Mengelkoch – College of Science& Engineering
Jose Luis Cano – AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Crosby Cobb – Schieffer College of Communication
David Farbo – Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Aaron Kline – College of Fine Arts
Lucas Wiggins – College of Science & Engineering
Ramona Baucham – Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Kristof Pota – College of Science & Engineering
Meagan Solomon – AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Isabelle Stahrfisher – Schieffer College of Communication
Andreas Kreutzer – Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Jessica Renteria - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award winner is selected by each school or college to recognize the faculty member who demonstrates excellence in guiding and supporting graduate student success.
Dr. Victoria Bennett – College of Science & Engineering
Dr. Kendra Bowen – AddRan College of Fine Arts
Dr. Ann Gipson – College of Fine Arts
Dr. Debbie Rhea – Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Dr. Frank Thomas – College of Education
Undergraduate Student Awards
Senior Scholars are a highly select group, identified by faculty as the most outstanding students in their departments or programs. To be eligible, students must:
(1) be a senior (including graduates from the previous December)
(2) be a major in one of the unit’s programs
(3) have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Departments or programs with larger numbers of majors are allowed to choose one additional Senior Scholar per 300 majors.
|Criminal Justice||Phoebe Austin-Weeks|
|Modern Language Studies||Emily Jackson|
|Political Science||Matthew Dena
|Spanish & Hispanic Studies||Becca Lang|
|Film, Television and Digital Media||Jack Kotal|
|Strategic Communication||Lucy Long
|Fashion Merchandising||Sonya Stasiuk|
|Classical & Contemporary Dance||Juliana DeBellis|
|Chemistry & Biochemistry||Youanna Ibrahim|
|Computer Science||Griffin McPherson|
|Engineering||Raquel Sandoval Aguilar|
|Environmental Sciences||Isabelle Acheson|
|Geological Sciences||Mackenzie Moorhead|
|Nutritional Sciences||Sarah Jennings|
|Physics & Astronomy||Mikayla Wilson|
|Speech-Language Pathology||Ally Jackson|
|Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies||Audrey White|
|Social Work||René Aguilar|
|Information Systems & Supply Chain Management||Thi Chuc Nguyen
|Management & Leadership||Britney Abshire|
|Entrepreneurship & Innovation||Keegan Myers|
|Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies||Kian Jon Ghalibaf|
|Interdisciplinary Inquiry||Peter Craig Donaldson|
|Women & Gender Studies||Victoria Maldonado|
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
|René Aguilar||I Wasn’t Prepared for That: Intimate Partner Violence in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Community||Dr. Nada Elias-Lambert, Social Work|
|Kassandra Avila||Design of a Cooling System for 120 Homes in Fort Worth Using a Ground Source Heat Pump||Dr. Efstathios (Stathis) Michaelides, Engineering|
|Alejandro Saucedo||Scaling Down Marisol: An Exploration of the Dramatic Action and Themes of José Rivera's Play Through Production||Alan Shorter, Theatre|
|Cecilia Esparza||Comparison of the Acoustic Parameters of Different Types of Multi-Use Auditoriums||Dr. Curtis Larsen, Engineering|
|Cristopher Gianakopoulos||Visualizing Surveillance Trends in Fort Worth Neighborhoods||Dr. Amina Zarrugh, Sociology & Anthropology|
|Jaq Hernandez||The Smith Cloud: A Galactic Fountain in its Final Stage||Dr. Kat Barger, Astronomy & Physics|
|Janae Jackson||Intersectional Issue Framing: An Exploratory Analysis of Women of Color’s 2020 Campaign Agendas||Dr. Joanne Green, Political Science|
|Mohamed Mohamed||Getting Across TCU: A Demand to Improve Campus Accessibility||Dr. Jason Titus, Academic Initiatives & Residential Student Success|
|Monica Parra||Obstacles for Consideration When Utilizing the TGF344-AD Rat Model in Preclinical Studies of Alzheimer's Disease||Dr. Tracy Centanni, Psychology|
|Jennifer Rios||The Application of Supercapacitors in Electric Vehicles||Dr. Stephen Weis, Engineering|
|Laurent Shumbusha||Preventing Youth Incarceration and Recidivism by Fostering Independent Reading Beyond Schools and Correctional Literacy Programs||Dr. Brie Diamond, Criminal Justice|
|Kayla Thomas||Molding Melanin Magic Mentor Program||Dr. Casey Call, Psychology|
|Devieonte Warren||Digital Transformation is Increasing the Digital Divide in Low Socioeconomic Areas||Dr. Patricia Jordan, Business|
|Mikayla Wilson||New Tricks with the Joker: Using the Infrared to Reveal Hidden Binary Star Systems||Dr. Peter Frinchaboy, Astronomy & Physics|
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. To be considered for membership, students must have excellent grades in courses with a liberal education emphasis. Most initiates are juniors and seniors.
TCU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter also bestows the annual James W. Newcomer Senior Scholar in Liberal Studies award, honoring the senior initiate who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and to the society’s motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life.”
|Emily Lynn Jackson||Music and French double major|
|Jonathan Benzick||Political Science|
|Bella Bravin||Political Science - International|
|Andrea Flood||Political Science|
|Laura Ann Laidley||Biology|
|Libby Maack||Language Studies in French|
|Julie Papaj||Political Science - International|
|Helen Rieke||Strategic Communications|