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Published on 03/22/2024 01:58 PM

On Monday, February 19th, 2024, The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) hosted the Provost Academic Professional Track (APT) Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards Luncheon. 
Established in 2019 with generous support from Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, the Provost APT Faculty Teaching Excellence Award is currently funded by TAMU Faculty Affairs. Its purpose, “fostering, acknowledging, and commending faculty recipients for their outstanding teaching practices, which contribute significantly to the creation of meaningful and impactful learning experiences for students;” highlights the impact of effective pedagogy and the importance of student-centric learning methodologies. 
The Luncheon commenced with an opening address delivered by Dr. Debra Fowler, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her commitment to celebrating effective and innovative teaching practices within the Texas A&M community was key to the creation of the award.
Dr. Alan Sams, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and chief academic officer, addressed the 2024 Provost APT awardees and guests. He eloquently acknowledged the remarkable achievements of each recipient, praising their dedication and hard work. Furthermore, Dr. Sams extended appreciation to the Center for Teaching Excellence for its ongoing commitment to transforming higher education through its exemplary services.
Dr. Debra Fowler then proceeded to announce the Provost-APT Awards, expanding on the unique teaching methodologies and research goals of each distinguished awardee. Dr. Michael Johnson, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Success and Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs joined Dr. Alan Sams in presenting the awards and congratulating each recipient as photos were taken to commemorate the occasion.
2024 Provost Academic Professional Track Faculty Teaching Awardees:
Dr. Daniel Collins - Department of Chemistry
Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman - Department of Entomology
Dr. Leslie Kelso Winemiller - Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology
Dr. Sherry Lin - Department of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Marcia Montague - Department of Educational Psychology
Dr. Charles Patrick - Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Asha Rao - Department of Biology
Dr. Dwight Roblyer - Department of Political Science
Dr. Shawna Thomas - Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Wendi Zimmer - Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management
Awardees receive a $5,000 cash stipend, intended to bolster initiatives in teaching innovation, support teaching-related projects, and facilitate activities geared towards enhancing student learning. Individuals honored with the Provost APT Award retain this prestigious title for their lifetime.