THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND ASSOCIATES
The Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates was held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in the E.H. Hereford University Center Rosebud Theatre. Interim President Charles A. Sorber presided.
AWARD PRESENTATIONS. The following faculty members were recognized for their achievements:
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Awardee received a plaque and cash award of $500.
Vicki Sapp, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
Piper Professor Nominees – Awardees received a plaque and cash award of $500.
Jennifer Gray, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Joseph Ignagni, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Robert Neill, Professor, Department of Biology
President’s Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching – Awardee received a plaque and cash award of $750.
Jeannine St. Pierre Hirtle, Associate Professor, School of Education
Chancellor’s Council Award for Excellence in Teaching – Awardee received a $5,000 cash award from U.T. System and a plaque.
David Woody, III, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Academy of Distinguished Teachers – Academy inductees receive a $2,500 salary increase, a medallion, and a plaque.
Merlynd Nestell, Professor, Departments of Mathematics and Geology
Josie O’Quinn, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Nursing
Allan Saxe, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Arlington Star-Telegram Service Learning Award – Awardee receives a plaque and cash award of $750.
Rebecca Deen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Outstanding Research Achievement – Received a plaque and cash award of $1,000.
Sharma Chakravarthy, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Distinguished Record of Research Achievement – Received a plaque and cash award of $1,500.
Alexander Weiss, Professor, Department of Physics
Outstanding Academic Advisor – Undergraduate:
Steve Quevedo, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Outstanding Academic Advisor – Graduate:
Rasika Dias, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Faculty members receiving Faculty Development Leaves for the Academic Year 2003/2004 were announced:
Pranesh Aswath, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mary Lou Bond, School of Nursing
Jinny Choi, Department of Modern Languages
Victoria Farrar-Myers, Department of Political Science
Leonidas Fergaras, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Yue Liu, Department of Mathematics
Charles Nussbaum, Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Kimberly Van Noort, Department of Modern Languages
Faculty members receiving Research Enhancement Program Grants were announced:
Hua-Mei Chen, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
J. Andrew Hansz, Department of Finance and Real Estate
Sharon Judkins, School of Nursing
JungHwan Oh, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Andrew Ortiz, Department of Art and Art History
Alejandro Rodriguez, School of Urban and Public Affairs
Michael R. Roner, Department of Biology
Melanie Sattler, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mary Weber, School of Nursing
Barton Weiss, Department of Art and Art History
Judy R. Wilson, Department of Kinesiology
REMARKS BY THE INTERIM PRESIDENT. Interim President Sorber stated that UTA is a very good institution and is destined to be a great one. Our success will continue to ride on the backs of the faculty, who conducts scholarly activities and research and bring in sponsored research and graduate doctoral students. This is how research institutions are measured. Some time ago UTA made the transition from a university of convenience to one of excellence. A number of very important changes on campus reinforce this transition:
We should be proud of all of these accomplishments. However, there are some dark clouds over the Austin horizon. We have a major deficit in the state budget, and this will be coming out of all the state agencies. We are hopeful that the impact will be not so severe that we can’t stick to our two major premises—minimizing any reduction in service to the students and maintaining the quality of those services. There is also legislation that would change the status of this institution from one belonging to the U.T. System to a different system or a free-standing institution. For the time being, that has been set aside. It is my hope that we can continue to maintain the momentum of this institution. My commitment to you is to do as best as I can to help maintain the momentum that has been created at UTA, so we can move ahead to be what we want to be.
Dr. Sorber does believe we can expect great things at UTA.
ADJOURNMENT. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m. A reception followed.
Recorded by Connie Frazier