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ASU announces 2024 Faculty Excellence Awards winners
ASU announces 2024 Faculty Excellence Awards winners
ASU announces 2024 Faculty Excellence Awards winners

Published on: 05/14/2024

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SAN ANGELO, Texas (Concho Valley Homepage) — Three faculty members have won Angelo State University's 2024 President's Awards for Faculty Excellence, earning special accolades and thousands of dollars as a result.

Dr. Kenneth Carrell of the Department of Physics and Geosciences, Dr. David Faught of the Natalie Zan Ryan Department of English and Modern Languages and Dr. Russell Wilke of the Department of Biology were the winners of the awards. They, alongside 37 other nominees, were honored at a ceremony in the Houston Harte University Center.

Carrell is the award winner for Faculty Excellence in Research/Creative Endeavor. Faught received the award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. Wilke won the award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership/Service.

Each professor received $2,500 and Signature Presidential Recognition Awards. Carrell and Faught will also be ASU's nominees for the Texas Tech University System Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research and Excellence in Teaching.

In addition to the overall winners, four semifinalists in each category received a $500 award.

Below is a biography of each of the three award recipients, provided by ASU:

Carrell

Carrell, an associate professor of physics and director of the ASU Planetarium, joined the ASU faculty in 2016. His astronomy research involves studying variable (pulsating) stars, known as RR Lyrae stars, in the Milky Way galaxy. Understanding RR Lyrae stars is key to modeling the internal dynamics of all stars, including our sun. He has also begun recent studies of planets orbiting other stars, known as exoplanets. Over the past five years, he has received over $200,000 in external grant funding for his own research, as well as that of his students, from the National Science Foundation and Rubin Observatory, among others. His research has resulted in 10 publications in scientific journals and multiple conference presentations in just the last several years. He has also mentored over two dozen undergraduate research students, and 10 of them have been published in various journals. He has also trained more than a dozen students on the telescopes and other advanced instruments at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, which, along with undergraduate research, has helped propel many of them onto graduate school and careers in the fields of physics and astronomy. Additionally, Carrell coordinates the popular public astronomy shows in the ASU Planetarium, as well as local star observation parties and the annular eclipse viewing event that brought thousands of participants to campus in the fall.

Faught

Faught, an ASU alum (1997) and professor of Spanish, joined the ASU faculty in 2009. He consistently exceeds the criteria rating for teaching on his annual evaluations for all levels of courses, both in person and online. He has taught a Freshman Signature Course every fall semester, spearheaded the selection of a new textbook to give his students better online tools, and mentored multiple students through their acceptance to graduate school. He was also recently appointed coordinator for the all-level teaching certification for the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program. Always looking for ways to improve his students' learning experiences, he has completed Quality Matters Training and Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Hispanics (CRASH) training, and he was awarded an ASU Faculty Learning Commons Mini-Grant to develop video quizzes for upper-level online Spanish courses. Additionally, he has long organized an Honors Night each spring for students of languages, he is the co-organizer of the annual ASU Foreign Language Competition for high school students, and he is the faculty advisor for the Spanish Club and faculty sponsor for the Alpha Mu Gamma national foreign language honor society. Faught's students enjoy his classes so much that they have twice collaborated to nominate him for ASU's Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Faculty Award.

Wilke

Wilke, a two-time ASU alum (1992 & 1995) and professor of biology, joined the ASU faculty full-time in 2000. For the Biology Department's Pre-Health Professions program, he leads the Health Professions Advisory Committee that coaches and guides ASU "pre-med" students, and he individually advises all students seeking careers in the health professions. For 2023-24, 11 students who participated in the program were accepted to Texas medical schools, and overall, ASU annually maintains one of the state's highest medical school acceptance rates. Wilke also coordinates the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP), which provides opportunities for deserving but economically disadvantaged students to attend Texas medical schools. Up to 15 students are enrolled in JAMP annually. He also coordinates ASU's Shannon Medical Internship program, which provides students with opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge and experience working with medical professionals in a hospital setting. Each year, up to 15 students enter this program, which includes a two-semester commitment and requires nearly constant oversight. In conjunction with the Honors Program director, Wilke co-coordinates ASU's participation in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Early Acceptance Program. For the university, he serves on the Academic Excellence Committee, Teacher Education Council and Distinguished Lectureship in Science Committee, and he serves on several other committees within the Biology Department.

News Source : https://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/local-news/angelo-state-university/asu-announces-2024-faculty-excellence-awards-winners/

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