Numerous professors at Texas Tech have been honored for their work.

The Chancellor’s Council has announced the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. Five Texas Tech faculty members, six Health Sciences Center faculty members, and two faculty members from Angelo State University have been recognized.

The recipients of the Distinguished Research Awards are:

  • Christie Blizzard, M.F.A. – assistant professor of painting in Texas Tech’s School of Art.
  • Stacy L. Carter, Ph.D. – associate professor in Tech’s College of Education.
  • Dimitri Pappas, Ph.D. – associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech.
  • Brandon Weeks, Ph.D. – associate professor in Tech’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • C. Patrick Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D. – professor in the Departments of Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine, as well as the director of the TTUHSC Cancer Center.
  • Leslie Shen, Ph.D. – associate professor in Department of Pathology, researcher at Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the TTUHSC.
  • Quentin Smith, Ph.D. - University Distinguished Professor and Grover E. Murray Professor, and also senior associate dean for sciences as the TTUHSC in Amarillo.
  • Robert C. Dowler, Ph.D. – Mr. and Mrs. Victor P. Tippett Professor of Biology and curator of mammals in the Department of Biology at Angelo State.

The recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award are:

  • Janice Killian, Ph.D. – professor and chair of music education in the Tech School of Music.
  • Kathryn McMahon, Ph.D. – college master and professor in the Department of Medical Education at the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
  • Yondell Masten, RN, Ph.D. – interim dean, associate dean, and professor in the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing.
  • Steven Urban, M.D., FACP – professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Amarillo TTUHSC.
  • Kimberly Livengood, Ph.D. – assistant professor in Angelo State’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance discussed these recipients, saying “Not only are their efforts benefitting students and colleagues, but their influence is also helping advance our reputation statewide and nationally.”

Winners of the awards receive a $5,000 cash award and a medallion. The Chancellor’s Council has given these awards for the past 11 years.

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