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Aggies Celebrate Teaching



Congratulations to the following ACT! awardees for 2019!

  • Dr. Anna Wolfe, College of Liberal Arts, nominated by Emily Tarbet, senior Communication major
  • Mr. Philippe Hercot, Mays Business School, nominated by Peyton Lenaburg, senior Mathematics major
  • Dr. Jessica Labonte, Galveston, nominated by Jordan Walker, Post Baccalaureate/senior Marine Biology major
  • Dr. J. Brian Balta, College of Geosciences, nominated by Michael Martinez, senior Geology major
  • Dr. Kristen Thyng, College of Geosciences, nominated by Joshua Farrar, graduate student in Nautical Archaeology
  • Dr. Edgar Sanchez-Sinencio College of Engineering, nominated by Alfredo Costilla Reyes, graduate student in Electrical Engineering


On March 21, 2019, the Center for Teaching Excellence will host the 3rd annual Aggies Celebrate Teaching! – Recognizing Transformational Learning reception, an invitation-only event. This event is a time to acknowledge outstanding Texas A&M instructors and faculty members who, through their dedication to transformational teaching practices, have made a significant impact on their students. 

Students are given the opportunity to submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay nominating a professor they feel exemplifies transformational learning by challenging students to think in new ways, inspiring students to learn more deeply, supporting learning through transformation of educational experiences, and positively impacting students. Six winning essays were selected. The awards for the winning essays are an educational scholarship for the student and a grant to assist in ongoing research and treaching practices for the the professor. Both students and professors of the wining essays are invited to share their transformational learning experience at the annual awards reception.

The Center for Teaching Excellence will highlight faculty and their transformational teaching strategies in various ways - sharing on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TamuCTE/), highlighting on our web site (cte@tamu.edu), and showcasing award recipients at our Aggies Celebrate Teaching! event.

Transformational Teaching...
“teaching that encourages students to question assumptions and challenge beliefs… such that they emerge from the experience a changed perspective influencing interactions and contributions to a modern world.” 

-Dr. Debra Fowler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence