Honoring Our Best


Thursday night, I had the privilege of saying “thank you” on behalf of the whole University family to some of our top faculty and staff for the work that they do every day.

Two faculty members received the Civitatis Award, given each year to reward service to the University above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research, and writing:

  • Larry Abraham, associate dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, whose work focuses on enriching the undergraduate curriculum across the University and who also is a professor of kinesiology and health education.
  • Pat Davis, a professor and senior associate dean in the College of Pharmacy, who is admired across our campus for being a leader in advancing teaching innovation and the use of instructional technology.

The Arno Nowotny Medal, which goes each year to a staff member of the Division of Student Affairs who follows the late Dean Nowotny’s example, was awarded to:

  • Tany Norwood, the retired longtime pillar of the Office of the Dean of Students.

The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award went to these eight outstanding professors who exemplify the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education:

  • Andrew D. Ellington, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Leanne Heath Field, Biology and Public Health
  • Cynthia A. LaBrake, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Brad Love, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Karl Hagstrom Miller, American History
  • Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza, Humanities and Comparative Literature
  • Hector D. Ruvalcaba, Mexican Literature and Culture
  • Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Social Work

We should all take great pride in the quality of faculty and staff these honorees represent.

Bill's Signature