Stephen F. Austin State University

Teaching Excellence Awards

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 15th, 2015.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS 2015

2015: Mr. Neal Cox: College of Fine Arts
2015: Mr. Neal Cox: College of Fine Arts
Neal Cox, an associate professor in the School of Art, joined the SFA faculty in 2007 after working as an adjunct instructor and master printer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his MFA and BFA degrees in Art, specializing in printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2004) and Brigham Young University (2002) respectively. Mr. Cox has exhibited his work in a range of solo, group, and juried exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has conducted workshops within the region and taught printmaking and book arts during summer programming in Florence Italy at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. His research interests focus on antiquated printmaking and photographic processes as well as book arts.
2015: Dr. Thomas Segady, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
2015: Dr. Thomas Segady, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Tom Segady joined SFA as a member of the Department of Sociology in 1988, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. With primary interests in classical sociological theory and the sociology of religion, he has published several articles in these areas, and taught many courses during his time at SFA, including classes in the sociology of India, genetics, social change and ethics, and globalization. He has also taught at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and at the University of Pune in India, as a recipient of a Fulbright award. He is also a student of violin at the SFA Music Prep Center and a proud member of the Texas Horny Toad Preservation Society.
2015: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, Perkins College of Education
2015: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, Perkins College of Education
Dr. Mary Catherine Breen joined the College of Education in 2007 as Project Director for ENLACE, a federal professional development grant. In 2011 she joined the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership as an assistant professor, shortly after funding a second federal grant, CONFIANZA, for which she currently serves as Principal Investigator. Dr. Breen holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, an MA in English from SFA, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from SFA. She involves students in inquiries related to disciplinary literacy and English as a second language and leads urban education field experience partnerships with Houston schools.
2015: Dr. Michael Maurer: Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
2015: Dr. Michael Maurer: Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Michael Maurer joined the faculty of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in Fall 2006 after positions at Texas Tech University and the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and M.S. and B.S. from California State University, Fresno. He currently teaches a diversity of horticulture courses in plant physiology, greenhouse management, floriculture, weed science, irrigation, plant protection and turfgrass science. Directed undergraduate and graduate research has focused on plant growth and development related to plant nutrient management and plant water relations
2015: Dr. Kelly Noe: Rusche College of Business
2015: Dr. Kelly Noe: Rusche College of Business
Dr. Kelly Noe, CPA, CGMA serves as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy. Dr. Noe taught as a lecturer at SFA in 2005 and 2006 and then returned as a tenure track faculty member in 2010. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, her Masters from Stephen F. Austin and her undergraduate degree from The University of South Carolina Dr. Noe is an award winning teacher as well as researcher. She teaches accounting information systems, intermediate accounting and graduate accounting research. Dr. Noe has published numerous articles in the short time since she earned her Ph.D. in 2011. She has served as the Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi from the day she arrived on campus. Dr. Noe is active in the community serving as the Treasurer for the Piney Woods Cattle Barron's Gala, the Humane Society of Angelina County, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association Auxiliary.
2015: Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski: College of Sciences and Mathematics
2015: Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Kwiatkowski joined the Department of Biology in 2006 after a position as a Lecturer at Arizona State University. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at New Mexico State University, an M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Biology at Arizona State University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in evolutionary genetics at Colorado State University. His research and teaching focus on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of vertebrate animals, especially reptiles and amphibians. He has mentored graduate and undergraduate students at SFA in projects that include the ecology of turtles, the conservation of frogs, and the genetics of the Louisiana Pine Snake. Much of his work has been funded by state and federal agencies, including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the U.S. Forest Service.
2015: Mr. James Faucett: College of Fine Arts (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
2015: Mr. James Faucett: College of Fine Arts (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
James Faucett has been an adjunct faculty member at the SFA School of Music since 2007, where he teaches group piano classes for music majors. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at SFA in piano performance with a pedagogy emphasis. Mr. Faucett's private piano studies were with Andrew Parr and pedagogy with Shirley Watterston. He was an instructor at Panola College in Carthage, Texas from 2003 to 2007 where he taught applied piano, group piano classes, and accompanied the show choir. Mr. Faucett also teaches piano privately and is active in the community as a church musician.