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Texas Tech University 2013

Alan Schinn

Professor Alan Shinn, School of Music, CVPA
Lifetime Achievement in Education Award

This is the highest education honor in the percussion profession, awarded 2 November 2012 by the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. 

Jorgelina Orfila

Dr. Carolyn Tate, School of Art, CVPA
Outstanding Academic Title Award  

This award is given by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine. The award is reserved for the top 3% of academic books and websites published in the US each year. (There are approximately 25,000 academic books published, Choice Magazine reviews about 7000 of these.)  The award recognizes her book Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (University of Texas Press, 2012).

Christopher J. Smith

Dr. Christopher J.  Smith
H. Earle Johnson Award

This award was presented by the Society for American Music to honor Dr. Smith’s scholarly monograph The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy (Illinois, September 2013).


   
Jonathan Marks

Dr. Jonathan Marks, Department of Theatre and Dance, CVPA
American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award

This award is given by the Kennedy Center for excellence and outstanding work in directing, design, movement, and playwriting. Dr. Marks received this award for his directing on the production of Is He Dead? Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. The Festival has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by festival respondents.

   
Courtney Brown

 Assistant Professor Courtney Brown, Department of Theatre and Dance, CVPA
 American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award

This award is given by the Kennedy Center for excellence and outstanding work in directing, design, movement, and playwriting. Assistant Professor Brown received this award for her vocal/movement coaching in the production of Is He Dead?

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. The Festival has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by festival respondents.

   
Rick Bjella


Professor Rick Bjella, School of Music, CVPA
Morris D. Hayes Award


The Morris D. Hayes Award was established by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association in 1985 and is not given annually. It is reserved for musicians with outstanding merit who have demonstrated a commitment to choral music, through teaching, conducting, or service to the art.

   
Dorothy Chansky

Dr. Dorothy Chansky, Department of Theatre & Dance, CVPA
Betty Jean Jones Award

The award is given by the American Theatre and Drama Society annually to honor and remember Betty Jean Jones, a highly respected and admired teacher of American Theatre and Drama. The award honors individuals who have achieved excellence as college/university teachers and/or scholars, and have served as mentors in the profession.

   
Rick Dingus

Professor Rick Dingus, School of Art, CVPA
Outstanding Researcher Award

The Outstanding Research Award recognizes faculty members who have achieved national and/or international recognition for their scholarship, publications in leading journals, creative work, service on editorial boards, peer-reviewed research projects, patents and license agreements, and/or other significant measures appropriate to the individual's discipline.

Outstanding Researcher Professor Dingus receives the honor of a Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Creative / Research, in addition to the recognition garnered by his nomination for the Rushing award. 

   
Genevieve Durham

Associate Professor Genevieve Durham, Department of Theatre & Dance, CVPA
President’s Academic Achievement Award

The President’s Academic Achievement Awards go to faculty members who have demonstrated distinction in teaching, research and service.

   
Janice Killian

Dr. Janice Killian, School of Music, CVPA
Chancellor’s Council Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award is designed to recognize members of the Texas Tech University faculty for teaching excellence, as evidenced by their attainment of distinction both within and beyond the institution for outstanding teaching and outstanding contributions related to excellence in teaching. This award will be presented to no more than one recipient per academic year. The award will be bestowed only when merited; thus, there may be years when the award is not given.

   
Lisa Garner Santa

Professor Lisa Garner Santa, School of Music, CVPA
President’s Excellence in Teaching Award

The President's Excellence in Teaching Award is a result of excellence in a teaching role and is nominated by the dean's letter summarizing teaching activities.

   
Mei-Fang Li



Dr. Mei-Fang Lin, School of Music, CVPA
Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award

The Alumni Association New Faculty Award is given based on student evaluations, innovative teaching activities, initiation of research/creative activities, and interaction with students.

   
Mary Lauderback

Mary Lauderback, Department of Theatre & Dance, CVPA
President's Award of Excellence

The President's Award of Excellence is awarded to individuals who demonstrate strong leadership skills, lead by example, and have a positive influence on their department and the Texas Tech Community.

   
Thomas M. Cimarusti


Dr. Thomas M. Cimarusti
, School of Music, CVPA
President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award

The President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Awards recognize Texas Tech faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to make Texas Tech a welcoming campus through their commitment to service, mutual respect, academic and intellectual freedom, and diversity. 

   
Bruce Herman



Assistant Professor Bruce Herman, Department of Theatre & Dance, CVPA

Professing Excellence Award

The award is given to outstanding faculty who go above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom, to impact their students’ learning and academic success.

   
Jim Price

Jim Price, School of Music, CVPA
Matador Award
The Matador Award is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions, shared innovative ideas and demonstrated initiative. These individuals are considered emerging leaders within the Texas Tech community.