Center for Faculty Development Awards
During the week of February 8-12, 2021, UHCL faculty will be honored during Faculty Development Week. These awards are held annually by the Center to promote and sustain a campus culture that values intellectual inquiry, scholarship, and creative engagement. Here are the winners for the 2019-2020 academic year at UHCL, as well as a list of faculty honored for teaching over 1000, 2500, and 5000 students during their time here at our university!
New Faculty Awards
Recognizing new faculty who have performed at a very high level on either teaching, research, or service before they apply for promotion.
Xiaojun "Gene" Shan
Service Award – no nominations received
Texas Research & Scholarship Award
Recognizing faculty for high level of scholarship on topics concerning the state of Texas.
A closer look at the effects of restoration design on biologic function in restored estuarine wetlands: A case study in Galveston Bay, Texas - Cindy Howard
Surviving the storm: Avoidant coping, helping behavior, resilience and affective symptoms around a major hurricane-flood - Steven Bistricky, Heather Kanenberg, Sara Elkins, Mary Short
Instructional Innovation Award
Recognizing faculty who stimulate a spirit of experimentation and creativity in trying out new ideas to enhance teaching and learning in specific, practical, and generalizable ways.
Using Interactive Video Modules for Delivering Online Instruction – Silvana Chambers
Turning Pedagogical Conversations about Critical Thinking and Ethical Commitment in Core United States History Courses - Anne Gessler and Barbara Hales
Innovative Teaching Agile Software Development - Soma Datta
“Go to 11” Award
Awarded to faculty who earned 11 or more credits for activities sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.
Mary "Femi" Ayadi
Xiaojun "Gene" Shan
Number of Students Taught
Honoring faculty members who have taught 1,000, 2,500, and 5,000 students since their hire date at UHCL. The faculty listed below achieved this milestone at the last award ceremony.
Faculty Who Have Taught 5,000+ Students
Faculty Who Have Taught 2,500+ Students
Faculty Who Have Taught 1,000+ Students
Leticia "Tish" French
Md Rajib Hasan
ACUE (Association of College & University Educators)
Faculty complete a series of modules on effective teaching
M. Femi Ayadi
Creating an Inclusive & Supportive Online Learning Environment
Writing Focused Faculty
Faculty complete an intensive workshop series on improving student writing
Faculty receive time and funds to gain expertise, create programming, and advocate for instructional change.
Writing Across the Disciplines at UHCL
The Writing Intensive Course Initiative
CFD Staff Appreciation Award
Awarded annually to a distinguished staff member who has shown outstanding excellence and superior performance to assist the Center for Faculty Development accomplish goals throughout the year.
Jennifer Willis-Opalenik, Instructional Designer III
Community of Practice Leaders
Recognizing faculty for leading a faculty community of practice
Comeka Anderson Diaz
Award annually to a UHCL college with the highest faculty participation in Center for Faculty Development activities
College of Education
For more faculty highlights and recognition, please go to the university page highlight faculty.