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Deans’ Awards Honor Faculty for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Creativity

September 11, 2020

Deans’ Awards Honor Faculty for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Creativity

Among the academic achievements celebrated at the Sept. 15 virtual Convocation, two Deans’ Awards will recognize a total of six faculty members — three for dedicated teaching and three for quality research and creative activities. 

The Deans’ Awards originated in 1982 as the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. Originally called the Deans Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Deans Award for Research or Creative Activity, the awards were given in alternate years.

Currently, TCU gives three Deans’ Awards for Teaching and the three Deans’ Awards for Research and Creativity every year. The colleges/schools nominate one faculty member for each category, while AddRan College nominates one from each of its divisions — Humanities and Social Sciences. TCU Deans voted to determine the six winners.

Deans’ Award for Teaching

Nominees for the Deans’ Award for Teaching have been full-time TCU faculty members for at least five years and have demonstrated a particular dedication to teaching and teaching-related activities. Finalists for the 2020 Deans’ Award for Teaching include:

Dr. Robert Bittle, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, College of Science & Engineering

Jean Marie Brown, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Student Media, Journalism Department, Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Dr. Janice Cobb, Instructor, Accounting Department, Neeley School of Business

Dr. Sally Fortenberry, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Director of the Center for Merchandising Education and Research, College of Fine Arts

Dr. Lynn Jackson, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work, and Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr. Stacie McCormick, Associate Professor, Department of English, AddRan College of Liberal Arts (Humanities)

Dr. Cynthia Savage, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, College of Education

Dr. Carol Thompson, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, AddRan College of Liberal Arts (Social Sciences)

Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity

Nominees for the Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity have been full-time tenured or tenure track faculty members at TCU for at least five years, and their research or creative activity has been recognized nationally or internationally. Finalists for the 2020 Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity include:

Dr. Greg Friedman, Professor and Chair, Mathematics, College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Associate Professor, College of Education

Dr. William Gibbons, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music, College of Fine Arts

Dr. Hanan Hammad, Associate Professor and Director of Middle East Studies, Department of History, AddRan College of Liberal Arts (Social Sciences)

Dr. David Moessner, A.A. Bradford Chair and Professor of Religion, AddRan College of Liberal Arts (Humanities) 

Dr. Julie O’Neil, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration, Strategic Communication, Bob Schieffer College of Communication                       

Dr. James Petrovich, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences                       

Dr. Abbie Shipp, Chair and Professor, Management & Leadership Department, Neeley School of Business 

The six winners will be announced at Convocation, and each will receive $2,500.

Convocation will be available to view at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Look for a link emailed directly to your inbox at that time!