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Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards

Council Announces Prestigious Award Winners

Established in 2001, the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards are given to individuals who exemplify teaching or research excellence throughout the year. These are the highest honors given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members at its component institutions. Winners of these awards have significantly advanced teaching or research efforts and are noted as leaders among colleagues and in their respective fields.

The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Awards are designed to recognize faculty members 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. The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Awards are designed to recognize outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty members in the developmental stages of their careers.

Nominations for The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Awards will be accepted through ttu.infoready4.com annually as outlined in OP 32.21. A pdf version of the application can be found at OP 32.21 Attachment A

The 2019-2020 Distinguished Research Award Recipients Are:

2019-2020 Awardees for Research:

  • Jeremy Marston, Ph.D.
    • Ultra-high-speed imaging of fluid dynamics phenomena
    • Multiphase flows; wicking in powders and porous media
    • Waterless cleaning technologies for solar technologies
    • Water and oil encapsulations using hydrophobic and oleophobic particulates
  • Eric E Rasmussen, Ph.D.
    Dr. Rasmussen's research focuses on children and media. He is specifically interested in parental mediation and why/how parent-child conversations about the media influence children at different developmental stages in various ways. Dr. Rasmussen has authored or co-authored articles that have appeared in some of the top academic journals in the fields of communication and child development, such as Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Children and Media, Media Psychology, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology, among others. His research has also been presented at conferences for the Society for Research in Child Development, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, International Communication Association, and International Public Relations Research Conference.
  • Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., IIDA, IDEC
    Kristi Gaines is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Professor in the Department of Design at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in Architecture and Education and has a combined 20 years of professional interior design and teaching experience. She has served in several national and regional leadership positions for professional organizations including the Interior Design Educator's Council and the International Interior Design Association. Dr. Gaines is the recipient of several teaching, research and service awards and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the President's Leadership Institute at Texas Tech.

Each winner receives a commemorative medallion and a $5,000 award. The Chancellor's Council raises funds for student scholarships and recruitment, faculty awards and support, and other programs of excellence.

Past Recipients

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