The Texas A&M University System awarded $507,000 to outstanding faculty throughout the system in the second presentation of the Teaching Excellence Awards, a voluntary, student-selected honors program launched last fall. For the spring 2009 semester, the program expanded to all the campuses in the A&M System. All faculty who teach at least a 3-hour course are eligible.
The 144 faculty winners received checks ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Texas A&M University had the most recipients, with 54, followed by Texas A&M University-Commerce, 17; Prairie View A&M University, 15; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 13; West Texas A&M University, 12; Texas A&M International University, 10; Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 9; Texas A&M University at Galveston, 7; Tarleton State University, 4; Texas A&M University-Texarkana, 3.
The recipients represent the top 20 percent of those who participated. The top 5 percent are awarded $5,000 to $10,000. The next 15 percent receive $2,500 to $5,000. Awards are based on rankings from evaluations created and administered by students, with weighting for factors such as class size. Winners in the top 5 percent category, by campus are:
Texas A&M Galveston
Carol Bunch Davis
Prarie View A&M University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
West Texas A&M University