The Teaching Excellence program is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their contributions to the University through excellence as teachers. The selection of excellent university teachers is based upon knowledge of subject matter; quality of lectures and assignments; enthusiasm for teaching; interest in and availability to students; sensitivity to the learning environment; effectiveness as a teacher as assessed through student, peer, and alumni evaluations; commitment to continuous improvement of their own classroom teaching; and contributions to the quality of teaching within the University through assistance and encouragement of other faculty.
Each College of the University selects a member of its faculty to receive a Teaching Excellence Award. During this convocation, each College recipient will also be recognized with a University Teaching Excellence Award.
The Teaching Excellence program has been rewarding teaching excellence at Stephen F. Austin State University since the program's inception in 1994.
This year's awards will take place on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.
TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS 2016
Nabb is an international soloist and chamber musician, and he regularly performs with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies. His students have won numerous local and national competitions, have been admitted into prestigious graduate programs nationwide, and are accomplished teachers in primary and secondary schools.
Dr. Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science, joined SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture faculty in November 2007. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines, a master of science from Kansas State University and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All of Dr. Jerez's degrees are in agricultural engineering. Jerez teaches introduction to environmental science, environmental measurements, environmental assessment and management, and air-quality assessment.
Jerez mentors students involved in undergraduate research and was the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Mentor of the Year award. She serves as a research adviser to graduate students in environmental science who are specializing in either land and water resources or occupational and environmental health. Her research interests include air-quality assessment, modeling and control. Jerez investigates the effectiveness of new technologies and best management practices to help improve air quality of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production in Texas.
Dr. Steven Estrada serves as the undergraduate program coordinator in SFA's Department of Psychology and has been an assistant professor since fall 2010. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and his master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Estrada has published in the fields of memory development, adolescent decision-making and medical decision-making. His work applies cutting-edge physiological techniques in understand the neuronal mechanisms behind the dynamics of attention and emotion.
His research laboratory offers many undergraduates the opportunity to gain hands-on learning in research on psychology. At the undergraduate level, Estrada enjoys teaching advanced statistics, a course on decision-making and has served as chair of several masters' theses committees.
Mindy Faulkner joined SFA's Department of Geology in 2005 as an adjunct faculty member after receiving her bachelor's degree in environmental geology in 2002. She completed her master of science in geology in 2006 from SFA. In 2010, she assumed the laboratory coordinator position and now supervises the teaching and content of the department's undergraduate laboratories. In May 2016, Faulkner will graduate with a doctoral degree in forestry from SFA.
She currently teaches courses in geochemistry, structural geology and various field courses, including the Department of Geology's summer field camp. Her research interests are natural resources management, karst systems, geochemistry, field geology, and the influence of subsurface structures on fluid migration and vegetation patterns.
Dr. Marcus Cox serves as an assistant professor of management in the Department of Management, Marketing an International Business in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Cox taught as a lecturer at SFA from 1997-1999 and from 2002-2009 prior to returning as a tenure-track faculty member in fall 2013. He received his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas, his Certificate of Advanced Management from Babson College and his master's and bachelor's degrees from SFA.
Cox teaches human resource management, compensation and benefits, and strategic management. His research interests include corporate environmental performance and industry regulation, organizational misconduct, executive compensation in the non-profit sector and training effectiveness. He has most recently been published in the Journal of Business Strategies and the Journal of Small Business Strategy, and he was awarded the Best Paper award by the Academy of Management.
Hendricks holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce and earned her master's degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and bachelor's degree from Southern Arkansas University. Her research interest include online curriculum and pedagogical approaches, educational leadership, and evaluating and improving principal preparation programs. her most-recent research includes the book, "Preparing educators for online learning: A careful look at the components and how to assess their value."