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 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS 2018

2018: Dr. Gina Harden, Nelson Rusche College of Business
2018: Dr. Gina Harden, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Dr. Gina Harden serves as an assistant professor of management in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. With a bachelor's degree from SFA, she joined the faculty in 2013 after completing her master's degree at the University of Texas at Tyler and her doctoral degree at the University of North Texas.

Harden teaches management productivity systems and management information systems to both graduate and undergraduate students. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Society for Advancement of Management, a professional student organization. Her research interests include enterprise social software and knowledge management.

She received the 2014 Outstanding Intellectual Contribution award and the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award for the Nelson Rusche College of Business.
2018: Dr. Inga Meier, College of Fine Arts
2018: Dr. Inga Meier, College of Fine Arts

Dr. Inga Meier joined SFA's College of Fine Arts in 2015 as an assistant professor in the School of Theatre, where she teaches courses in play analysis, theatre history, film history, and dramaturgy, among others. She received her BA in English literature and theatre from Rutgers College, her MFA in dramaturgy with a graduate certificate in cultural studies from Stony Brook University, and her PhD in theatre history and performance studies with a doctoral certificate in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her research is focused on performances of terrorism, violence, and trauma and her writing has been published in Film and History, The Theatre Annual, and in the anthology Recovering 9/11 in New York. She currently serves as secretary and debut panel coordinator for the Theatre and Social Change Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

2018: Dr. Jeremy Stovall, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture
2018: Dr. Jeremy Stovall, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture
Dr. Jeremy Stovall, associate professor of silviculture, joined SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science from Clemson University, his Master of Science from the University of Vermont, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry from Virginia Tech.

Stovall teaches dendrology and silviculture, among a number of other graduate and undergraduate courses. Each summer he teaches a travel course on field ecology in the southern Appalachian Mountains. His research focuses on restoring severely disturbed ecosystems using various silvicultural tools such as herbicides, mechanical site preparation, and thinning.

Stovall also serves as the faculty advisor to the Sylvans, SFA's timbersports team that has won four of the past five Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Annual Conclaves. .
2018: Dr. Steven Galatas, College of Liberal & Applied Arts
2018: Dr. Steven Galatas, College of Liberal & Applied Arts
Dr. Steven Galatas, associate professor of political science, joined the faculty at SFASU in the fall of 2005 after prior experience as a faculty member at Georgia Southwestern State University and Southeast Missouri State University. Galatas received his bachelor's degree in political science from Ouachita Baptist University, his master's in political science from Vanderbilt University, and his doctorate in political science from the University of Missouri.

Galatas teaches basic courses in American and Texas government as well as advanced courses in the politics of the Middle East, European countries, and the European Union. He has lead study abroad programs to Germany, Belgium, and Canada. His research examines links between party competition, partisanship, and voter turnout in elections in Texas, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
2018: Dr. Sarah Canterberry, College of Sciences & Mathematics
2018: Dr. Sarah Canterberry, College of Sciences & Mathematics
Dr. Canterberry teaches courses for biology majors and non-majors and enjoys the diverse population of students. Dr. Canterberry is the faculty advisor for several clubs: Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Women in STEM and Yoseikan Budo.

A native of Nacogdoches County, Dr. Canterberry began her academic career at SFA, and returned as a faculty member in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2001 and her doctoral degree in Genetics in 2006, both from Texas A&M University. Dr. Canterberry spent 2 years as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M.

Dr. Canterberry's research interests include surveys of pathogens carried by insects in East Texas and genes associated with normal muscle development.
2018: Mr. Todd Barrios, Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Adjunct Award, James I. Perkins College of Education
2018: Mr. Todd Barrios, Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Adjunct Award, James I. Perkins College of Education
Todd Barrios, CEC is a member of the Hospitality Administration faculty in the School of Human Sciences. His major areas of focus are culinary arts, foodservice management, and food safety and sanitation. Todd is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. He is also ServSafe certified in food safety and sanitation and a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor through the National Restaurant Association.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a concentration in Hospitality and Institutional Services and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Todd is originally from New Orleans, LA and has extensive restaurant management and culinary experience. Todd has been married to his wife Sheree for almost 24 years and has 3 wonderful children.