Faculty Honors

University of Houston Awards

These CLASS faculty members were recognized on April 30, 2015 at the Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony:

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David Ashley White
Professor of Music Composition and Theory
Moores School of Music

Esther Farfel Award Recipient

The Esther Farfel Award was established in 1979 as the University of Houston’s highest faculty award. To receive it, a professor must demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service. The award underscores all that was important to Aaron Farfel. Named in honor of the beloved wife whose warmth and wisdom sustained him for 48 years, and whose presence gave a personal touch to a multitude of university engagements and initiatives, the award recognizes and celebrates the gifts that enable teachers to educate and inform a new generation of citizens and scholars. According to Philip Hoffman, President Emeritus (1961-1977), “It is most fitting that the most prestigious faculty award given by the University of Houston was created and endowed by a man of Mr. Farfel’s superior qualities and devotion to excellence.”

Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity

Two awards are presented at each rank – Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor – to those individuals who have demonstrated great potential, a growing record or a substantial continuing record of outstanding research, scholarship or creative endeavors and contributions. Recipients are honored with a trophy and an $8,000 prize.

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Assistant Professor
Christy Mag Uidhir
Department of Philosophy
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Associate Professor
Candice Alfano
Department of Psychology
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Full Professor
Bruno Breitmeyer
Department of Psychology

Teaching Excellence
Category: Teaching Excellence

This award is given to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching in teaching. Recipients are honored with a trophy and an $8,000 prize.

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Justin Kirkland
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science

Teaching Excellence
Category: Provost’s Core

This award is given to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching in the core curriculum. Recipients are honored with a trophy and an $8,000 prize.

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Alessandro Carrera
Professor
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
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Eric Walther
Professor
Department of History
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Johnathan L. Zecher
Lecturer
Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Teaching Excellence
Category: Instructor/ Clinical

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers. Recipients are honored with a trophy and an $8,000 prize.

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Rebecca Hallman
Department of English

Teaching Excellence
Category: Graduate Teaching Assistant

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by teaching assistants and fellows. Recipients are honored with a trophy and a $3,500 prize.

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Becky Smith
Department of History

Teaching Excellence
Category: Instructor/ Clinical

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers. Recipients are honored with a trophy and an $8,000 prize.

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Post-Tenure
Therese Kosten
Professor
Department of Psychology

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

These awards are given by the UH Commission on Women in recognition of faculty scholarly achievement. Recipients are honored with a $1,000 prize.


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