October 26 & November 5, 2020
Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Webinars
University Outreach and Engagement hosted two webinars to highlight recipients of the 2020 President’s Engaged Scholarship Awards. This annual awards program recognizes Texas Tech faculty from all disciplines for a project or activity that demonstrates exemplary and sustained commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships with external communities. Recognized faculty apply their teaching, research, or creative activity to find innovative solutions to social, economic, or environmental issues for the benefit of specific communities or the general public, as well as the university and scholarship.

Presenters in these webinars provided an overview of their projects and share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned. They also highlighted the impacts that their engagement has had on student teaching and learning, research and innovation, and scholarship. Graduate and undergraduate students who were involved in the award-winning projects provided their perspectives and discussed the impacts that the experience has had on their learning, academic pathway, and career goals.

"The Texas Liberator Project"
(Winner of the President’s Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award)
Aliza Wong, Professor and Interim Dean, Honors College, TTU
Fran Berg, Commissioner, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission



➤ "Promoting Child Development, Inclusion, and Health Through Natural Learning
(Winner of the President’s Emerging Engaged Scholarship Award)
Charles Klein, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture; College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, TTU
Muntazar Monsur, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource, TTU
Kristi Gaines, Associate Professor, Design, College of Human Sciences; Associate Dean, Graduate School, TTU
Malinda Colwell, Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Human Sciences, TTU
Lori Guerrero, Instructor, Design, College of Human Sciences, TTU



"Literacy Champions"
(Winner of the President’s Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award)
Mellinee Lesley, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, TTU
Julie Smit, Professor, Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies, College of Education, TTU

Elizabeth Stewart, TTU Student
Whitney Baker-Beach, TTU Student




A Call for Nominations for the 2021 President’s Engaged Scholarship Awards will go out on November 10, 2020.  Deadline for Submissions is February 15, 2021.  For further information, visit the President's Engaged Scholarship Awards website
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