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2020-2021 Provost APT Faculty Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

Ten Texas A&M University faculty were selected for the 2021 Provost Academic Professional Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. This award encourages, recognizes, and rewards faculty who provide students with meaningful learning experiences, embrace effective teaching approaches, and value student-centered learning.

The 2021 recipients of the Provost Academic Professional Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award are:


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College of
Atmospheric Sciences

A faculty member at Texas A&M since 2009, Dr. Don Conlee earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology at Texas A&M in 1994. He joined the university after serving in the Navy and in various governmental roles at Stennis Space Center and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Conlee’s expertise and experiences make him an invaluable member of the faculty, focusing on and initiating many student-led, high-impact learning experiences including collaborations with the National Weather Service, creating the Student Operational Upper-Air Program, leading the summer Aggie Doppler Rader instrument program, and building and maintaining the Weather Center. Dr. Conlee is a member of several groups including the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. He has been given multiple recognitions and awards such as the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award, the Geosciences Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Robert C. Runnels Excellence in Advising Award.
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College of S
Physics & Astronomy

A faculty member of Texas A&M since 2002, Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova received her Ph.D. from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Physics in 1999. She has received numerous teaching awards and recognition for her teaching, such as the American Physical Society Fellow, the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award, the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award, and the American Association of Physics Teacher Spotlight. She is the organizer of the Physics and Engineering Festival. Her commitment to every student is evident in her desire to make memorable learning experiences inside the classroom, virtual or face-to-face, as well as outside the classroom in her outreach engagements. As a teacher of extraordinary talents, she was invited to the TEDxTAMU program, presenting Physics as a Street Art.
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College of Pharmacy
al Sciences
A dedicated leader nurturing the next generation of pharmacy leaders through patience, and initiative, Dr. Gunaseelan received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002 from North-Eastern Hill University, India and joined Texas A&M in 2017. She was recognized with the Teacher of the Year Award and the Teaching Team of the Year Award in 2019. Dr. Gunaseelan has a true willingness to ensure each student receives the time and personalized explanations needed for them to understand some of the most difficult concepts of the PharmD curriculum. To reach these goals, she has been a key part in building the co-curriculum for the College of Pharmacy and developed a platform for the student’s co-curricular electronic portfolio to measure their growth in learning. She also plays an intricate leadership role in faculty development focusing on learning objectives, assessment, and student success in the pharmacy licensure exam.
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College of Science
A 2006 Texas A&M Ph.D. graduate in Chemistry, Dr. Soon Mi Lim returned to her alma mater as a lecturer in 2012. She received the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Distinguished Achievement Award. She is a career mentor for the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology, and part of the organizing committee for the Texas A&M Science Talk Night, and Chemistry Open House. Dr. Lim is known for her excellence in teaching, impact in research, dedication to student mentoring, and innovation in professional development for students. During the recent move to online teaching, Dr. Lim created a homebuilt studio to ensure student were provided authentic demonstrations, facilitated highly active peer-to peer discussions, and supported learning using multiple practice problem and answer sessions.
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College of Educ
ation and Human Development
Teaching, Learning and Culture

Sharon Matthews received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture from New Mexico State University in 2007. She joined Texas A&M in 2014. She has received recognitions for teaching such as the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award, the Transforming Lives Faculty Fellow, and the 1992 Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Matthews is a compassionate, committed, and talented faculty member who has been integral in advancing the teacher preparation program. She also coordinates the highly successful Undergraduate Peer Mentor program within her department and due to its success was asked to develop and lead a new University Peer Mentor in Technology program.
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School of
John Murphy became a faculty member at Texas A&M in 2013. He earned his J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law in 1993. He was honored with the Legal Analysis & Writing Professor of the Year Award in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is known for his profound impact as a teacher and innovator in legal education. Murphy also earned the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award. His teaching initiatives around the bar exam have yielded extraordinary, measurable success for Texas A&M Law graduates. Murphy is passionate about using an iterative process for both student and self-reflection. Seeing a need for struggling students, he designed a new course, The Art of Lawyering, and developed a conceptual tool called “The Big T” to help students break down complex legal rules.
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College of Dentistry
Biomedical Sciences

In 2017 after serving as a founding faculty member in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Jayne Reuben returned to Texas A&M. She earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2001 from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She has received multiple recognitions for teaching, including the Texas A&M College of Dentistry Distinguished Teaching Award and was selected to be a Texas A&M ADVANCE Administrative Fellow. Dr. Reuben’s belief in “modeling the behavior that she wants to see” in the classroom and beyond has guided the students to succeed, as evidenced in the significant increase of her students’ pharmacology scores on the dental boards. She serves on multiple national committees to promote pharmacology education. Dr. Reuben has organized and developed numerous continuing education and career development workshops for health science faculty and students. She is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings.
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College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Large Animal
Clinical Sciences
From low-tech to high-tech, Dr. Jennifer Schleining incorporates 3D virtual learning in her courses, providing the learner with visual aspects of rural veterinary medicine in the classroom. She received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2001 and began work at Texas A&M University in 2018. Dr. Schleining has a unique ability to create new activities that support the necessary hands-on aspects of the large animal medical field. She has received several recognitions for teaching and mentoring including the Juan Carlos Robles Emanuelli Teaching Award, The Miller Faculty Fellow, and the Scott And Nancy Armbrust Professorship in Veterinary Medicine.
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College of En
Aerospace Engineering

She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M in Interdisciplinary Engineering in 2011 and became a faculty member at Texas A&M in 2006. Dr. Kristi Shryock is passionate about student learning experiences and values innovative approaches, evident in the key role she plays in transforming engineering education. Dr. Shryock’s leadership has encouraged other faculty to incorporate new teaching methods in the classroom and experiment with making more efficient use of facilities in providing a high-quality education to produce well-prepared engineers who are ready to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. She has received many recognitions for teaching including the Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Distinguished Achievement Award and the Instructional Faculty Teaching Award.
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College of Educat
ion and Human Development
Teaching, Learning and Culture

Often noted for her expertise in online teaching, Dr. Radhika Viruru currently serves as the program coordinator of the Online Ed.D. In Curriculum & Instruction program at Texas A&M. She values being a student-centered educator that seeks out professional development. Dr. Viruru is a Texas A&M certified Virtual Instructor and completed Quality Matters Training. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M in Educational Curriculum and Instruction and began working as a faculty member in 1998. She has received many recognitions for teaching, including the Chancellors’ Academy of Teacher Educators Award, the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Outstanding Mentor Achievement Award.