NMSU Faculty Awards

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NMSU Faculty Awards

Regents Professorships

The Regents Professorship was established in 2001 by the New Mexico State University Board of Regents to recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to New Mexico States mission as a land-grant, Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University, and to honor contributions in areas of education, research, extension education and public service. Regents Professors hold the title for as long as they continue to teach at New Mexico State University.

2016 Recipients

  • David M. Boje, Management
  • Martha Desmond, Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
  • Thomas J. Dormody, Agricultural & Extension Education
  • Tom Smith, Theatre Arts

Previous recipients

2014–2015 M. Eugene Sundt Honors Professorship

The M. Eugene Sundt Honors Professorship position is a rotating chair that is held for two years and is awarded to an NMSU professor who promotes innovative teaching ideas and fosters unique, experience-based courses.

  • Rani Alexander, Department of Anthropology

Westhafer Award for Excellence in Research

The Westhafer Award is given in alternating years for excellence in teaching, research and creative activity. The Westhafer is presented in memory of Robert L. Westhafer, professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1946 to 1957. The annual award carries a monetary gift.

2016 Recipient for Research and Creative Activity

  • Hongmei Luo, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Previous recipients

Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Awards

The Dennis Darnall Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated remarkable, broad-based accomplishments in teaching, research and service to the profession, the university, and the community. The award carries a monetary gift and honors the achievements and services of Dennis W. Darnall as a New Mexico State University teacher, researcher, administrator, entrepreneur and civic leader.

Call for nominations coming in 2017

2012 Recipient

  • Michele Nishiguchi, Department of Biology

Previous recipients

University Research Council Awards

The new University Research Council Awards for Exceptional Achievement in Creative Scholarly Activity are presented annually to early career and senior faculty and staff to increase recognition for exceptional research and other creative scholarly efforts.

2016 Recipients

Early Career Award

  • Reza Foudazi, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Michael Hout, Department of Psychology
  • Tom Manz, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • James McAteer, Department of Astronomy

Distinguished Career Award

  • Hongmei Luo, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Karin Wiburg, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Previous recipients

Community Engagement Awards

Established by the NMSU Foundation in 2015, this award recognizes exemplary community service and civic engagement by faculty, staff and students.

2015 Recipients

  • Denise Rodriguez–Strawn, Service Learning for Educational Distinction
  • Courtney Gavin, Business and Biology major
  • Kristen Sprouse, Elementary Education major

NMSU Teaching Awards

Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Westhafer Award is given in alternating years for excellence in teaching, research and creative activity. The Westhafer is presented in memory of Robert L. Westhafer, professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1946 to 1957. The annual award carries a $3,000 gift.

2015 Recipient for Teaching

  • Nathan Brooks, Department of History

Previous recipients

Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award

Named for Patricia Christmore, former accounting department head, the annual award recognizes and rewards superb junior tenure-track faculty members for excellence in teaching.
2011 Revised Christmore Faculty Teaching Award guidelines

2016 Recipients

  • Kenneth Carroll, Department of Plant and Environmental Science
  • Eric Gergerich, School of Social Work

Previous recipients

Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence

The annual Roush awards, named for a former New Mexico State University executive vice president in recognition of his 35 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico, are based on information from students, department heads, deans and community campus directors.

Criteria for the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence
Biographical Questionnaire for the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence

2015 Recipients

  • Geno Picchioni, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences
  • William J. Corbett, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Michèle Shuster, Department of Biology
  • Carlos A. Santos, Department of Marketing
  • Henrietta Williams Pichon, Department of Educational Leadership & Administration
  • Sukumar Brahma, Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Maria Gurrola, School of Social Work
  • James Gallagher, Department of Communication Studies, NMSU–Alamogordo
  • Yaxi Zhao, Department of Mathematics, NMSU–Carlsbad
  • Susan Pinkerton, Department of Library Sciences, NMSU–Doña Ana
  • Kathleen O’Connor, Department of Education, NMSU–Grants

Previous recipients

Excellence in Academic Advising Award

2015 Recipients

  • Debra A. Cardinali, College of Business
  • Graciela Unguez, Department of Biology

Previous recipients

Student Support Outcomes Assessment Award

2008 Recipient

  • NMSU Library

Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-Curriculum, Administration and Operations Excellence in Assessment Award

This annual award recognizes outstanding assessment processes among co-curricular, administrative and operations units at NMSU. The Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-Curriculum, Administration and Operations gives out the award.

2015 Recipient

  • NMSU Library

Previous recipients

Other Teaching Awards

Carnegie New Mexico Professor of the Year

Carnegie New Mexico Professors of the Year: The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country–those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.

2012 Recipient

  • Kenneth Martin, Department of Finance

Previous NMSU recipients

National Education Association Excellence in the Academy Awards