Texas Tech University

Chancellor's Council Distinguished Awards

TTU President Lawrence Schovanec, Chemist Michael Findlater, Historian Ron Milam, TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan

Chemist Findlater and Historian Milam 
Awarded from Arts & Sciences

Michael Findlater, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Ron Milam, Associate Professor of Military History in the Department of History, were among seven on the Texas Tech University campus who on Jan. 25 received the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards—the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the Texas Tech University System. TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan and Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec presented the awards during a 10 a.m. reception in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

System-wide, 14 faculty were so honored. Winners of these awards have significantly advanced teaching or research efforts and are noted as leaders among colleagues and in their respective fields. Awardees each received an engraved medallion and a stipend of $5,000—made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor's Council.

"The quality academic experience available to our students in the Texas Tech University System is a direct result of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our faculty members," Duncan said. "They pursue groundbreaking, impactful research and guide our students in reaching new heights of excellence. On behalf of our institutions, it is an honor and a privilege to recognize our world-class faculty."

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Distinguished Teaching Award

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, History Professor Ron Milam, Chancellor Robert Duncan

Dr. Ron Milam, Associate Professor of Military History
Department of History

Ron Milam specializes in the Vietnam War and is the Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict, which includes the world-renowned Vietnam Center & Archive. Milam is the author of "Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War." As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught the History of U.S. Foreign Policy in Vietnam and teaches study abroad in Southeast Asia during most summer sessions.

Milam is one of eight American scholars writing the history of America's wars for the new Education Center at "The Wall" in Washington, D.C., and in 2015 he was recognized for his teaching of military history by being inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at the Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia.

He earned a doctorate at the University of Houston.

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Distinguished Research Award

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, Chemistry Professor Michael Findlater, Chancellor Robert Duncan

Dr. Michael Findlater, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Since establishing his independent career at Texas Tech, Michael Findlater has achieved national and international prominence for his work in catalysis research. Findlater is a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, one of the foundation's most prestigious awards. His work is also supported by grant funds from the Robert Welch Foundation, one of only seven Welch grants on the Texas Tech campus.

Findlater is originally from Scotland. He received a bachelor's degree, with honors, in applied chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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About the Chancellor's Council

The Chancellor's Council helps advance the important work of the TTU System and its four component institutions: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

The Chancellor's Council was created in 1967 as the President's Council to recognize donors who helped Texas Tech accomplish its highest goals. The program was renamed and expanded in 1996 with the establishment of the TTU System. Today, the Chancellor's Council plays a vital role in creating opportunities for all four universities. The council supports student scholarships, faculty awards and top scholar recruitment.

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Recipients from Other TTU Colleges

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Distinguished Research Awards

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Recipients from TTU Health Sciences Center

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Distinguished Research Awards

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Recipients from Angel State University

Distinguished Teaching Award

Distinguished Research Award

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Recipient from TTUHSC El Paso

Distinguished Teaching Award

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