Texas Tech University

President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award Recipients


Faculty Recipient: Amelia Talley, Ph.D.

Staff Recipient: Jennifer Gay, LMFT-S

Administrator Recipient:  David Perlmutter, Ph.D.


Faculty Recipient: Stephanie J. Jones, Ed.D.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor and program coordinator for the Higher Education program at Texas Tech University. She graduated from TTU in 2006 with a doctorate degree in Higher Education. She has been a faculty member at TTU since the fall of 2008. Prior to her work at TTU, she worked in higher education academic administration in the areas of distance learning, dual enrollment, instructional and student support, grant administration, as well as in faculty and department chair roles. She has served as the project director for a 3.4 million dollar Title V Cooperative grant, as well as various THECB grants, where she both developed and directed the initiatives.

Staff Recipient: Patrick C. Hughes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.


Faculty Recipient: Audra Morse, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Audra Morse, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE is a Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department. Her research focuses on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems and the fate of personal products in treatment systems. In an exciting new area of research, Audra and others are investigating the use of organoselenium compounds to inhibit biofouling of RO membranes. She works to improve the quality of education at Texas Tech and seeks to increase diversity in the field of engineering. Audra has received the two highest teaching honors at Texas Tech for her teaching efforts inside and outside of the classroom. She was awarded the President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award, Texas Tech University in 2016 and the Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) Award, West Texas -Association for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math (STEAM) in 2016. Audra is highly involved in service to her profession. She currently serves as the Past-President of the Texas Section of ASCE and has been active on many ASCE national committees.

Staff Recipient: Amanda Wheeler, Ph.D.

Dr. Wheeler received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech in 2011. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. she interned with the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center. Her professional interests include: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation-related issues, Sexual Issues, Group therapy, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness in therapy.


Faculty Recipient: Corby Kelly, Ph.D.

Corby Kelly is currently Assistant Professor of Classics in Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, where he has served as the Classics undergraduate advisor as well as the coordinator for language teaching. He received his PhD in Classical Philology at Stanford University and before coming to Texas Tech he held a prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Kelly teaches courses on the languages and cultures of the Greco-Roman world, and is publishing in the areas of Latin literature, Greek philosophy, and ancient magic and religion. Dr. Kelly is also a writer, translator, and director, and has worked professionally as an actor in stage, film, TV, and radio. He also has a strong track record in generating grant money for educational and artistic programs; he and his collaborator raised over $20,000 in grants to support the innovative Philosophical Stages program, which was featured in Edutopia, a national education magazine.

During 2014-2015, Dr. Kelly demonstrated Excellence in contributing to gender equity at TTU and Lubbock through his work to create spaces to engage in important dialogue about sexual assault and gender inequity. He helped bring together faculty and students through articles in the Daily Toreador, calling open meetings on campus, and working with the Dean of Students to improve the Sexual Misconduct TTU website and HAVEN (understanding sexual assault) online programing for undergraduates. Dr. Kelly is also one of the founders of the Sexism|Cinema film series at the Alamo Drafthouse, which explores representations of gender in cinema over the span of 50 years. The series has attracted more than 300 people.

Staff Recipient: Patricia Earl, MFA

Ms Earl earned a BFA from the University of North Texas, Denton and a MFA from Texas Tech University. She is the unit coordinator and academic advisor of the Women's Studies Program at Texas Tech University and teaches courses in Women's Studies and the School of Art. Ms Earl's research is situated within feminist visual culture, deconstructing infused gender and gender identity norms into a more open and inclusive alternative. Her work has been published in the Michigan Feminist Studies and the Elysium Literary journals. She has exhibited in group, solo and invitational exhibitions ranging from locations in Texas, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York. For outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to inclusive excellence she was awarded the TTU 7th Annual President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award for staff. She is also the recipient a CH Foundation grant for a documentary film currently in production.

Ms. Earl's efforts contributing to Excellence in Gender Equity at TTU and in Lubbock are expansive. She has formed strategic partnerships by serving as the staff advisor for the TTU Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance student organization and serving as a consultant for the Tech Gay/Straight Alliance organization. Ms Earl is instrumental in forging and maintaining connections through coordinating monthly events to enhance the quality of life for faculty, staff, students and the Lubbock community. These events include a gender & gender identity colloquium, a local charity drive for Women's Protective Service, monthly public forums on Feminism, and additional awareness campaigns for Women's Equality Day, International Women's Day, Sexual Assault Awareness, and Women's History Month. Annually, Ms. Earl has coordinated the Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education.

President's Gender Equity Council