April 28, 2021
These awards celebrate the love of learning that unites us as a university community and the outstanding scholars and teachers who personify this passion for inquiry and growth.
The Deans’ Awards are among the highest honors bestowed to faculty at the university level. The awards originated in 1982 as the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Awards and were given in alternate years.
Currently, TCU bestows three Deans’ Teaching Awards and the three Deans’ Awards for Research and Creativity annually. Each school or college nominates one faculty member for each award, with AddRan College of Liberal Arts nominating two, one from each of its divisions, Humanities and Social Sciences. All TCU deans vote to determine the six winners.
Dr. Gregg Cantrell, Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
With 14 book awards and four best-article prizes, Dr. Cantrell has established his reputation as a nationally prominent American historian. He recently has focused on populism in American history, publishing four scholarly articles and a book, The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism, which earned the top award given by the Texas State Historical Association. As director of graduate studies and an anchor in the history Ph.D. program, Cantrell incorporates methodology, historiography, archival research and professional networking through his research seminars. He also mentors undergraduates in researching, writing and publishing their own scholarship.
“The study of Texas has offered a lifetime of compelling material that teaches lessons and reveals truths about American history and history in general. I’ve made it my mission to instill this same belief in my own students.”
Dr. Sarah Hill, Professor of Psychology
College of Science & Engineering
Dr. Hill is an internationally recognized expert in evolutionary social psychology. She has published 68 papers and a widely praised book, This is Your Brain on Birth Control. Her research – which combines evolution, health psychology, decision-making and consumer behavior – has been published in top journals across disciplines and garnered repeat funding from the National Science Foundation. She attracts media attention for her work on the behavioral and health effects of early life poverty, and the behavioral effects of hormonal contraceptives. Hill and her team founded Eos BioAnalytics, a business within TCU’s psychology department offering fee-based biological assay services to scientists.
“I am grateful to TCU, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Department of Psychology for nurturing my research career. Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to get paid to do what I love.”
Dr. Sarah Quebec-Fuentes, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
College of Education
Dr. Quebec Fuentes taught middle and secondary mathematics for 10 years before joining TCU’s Andrews Institute of Mathematics and Science Education. Through her research, she created a process for teachers to improve group discussions, published in a book S3D: Fostering and Improving Small-Group, Student-to-Student Discourse. Her work on a case study to introduce school leaders to research-based instructional practices resulted in a book, encyclopedia entry, research articles and a distinguished paper award. She also helped develop a framework for teachers to formatively assess reasoning for students with learning disabilities. As a member of a 10-person research group from universities across Texas, she helped develop an instrument to measure self-efficacy for teaching and learning algebra for in-service teachers.
“I strive to bridge the research and practice communities and collaborate across fields to contribute to the teaching and learning of mathematics."
Dr. Michelle Bauml, Clotilda Winter Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Early Childhood/Social
College of Education
Dr. Bauml began her career as a public school teacher and joined TCU in 2010. As coordinator for the Early Childhood Education program, she led a redesign so that EC-6 majors could take teaching methods courses for both special education and English language learners, instead of requiring them to choose one, making TCU graduates uniquely equipped to support children’s diverse learning needs. Her multiyear iEngage Summer Civics Institute teaches area middle school youth about civic engagement, and her collaboration with TCU’s Starpoint lab school led to a schoolwide Veterans Day program and a co-authored journal article.
“A principle of effective teaching that resonates with me is the notion of establishing and maintaining a positive learning environment. In my classes, this emerges through authentic learning experiences, timely and specific feedback on assignments, and regular check-ins with students.”
Dr. Beata Jones, Professor of Professional Practice in Business Information Systems
Neeley School of Business
Dr. Jones has spent 24 years teaching at TCU, where her joy of providing engaging and relevant courses that require students to practice higher-order critical thinking has a life-changing impact on her students and fellow faculty. She continuously researches and implements pedagogy and learning strategies to enhance students’ learning experiences. She has developed 11 new Business Information Systems courses at TCU, for which she won the best paper award. She is founding director of the Neeley Fellows business honors program, and spent three years as an Honors Faculty Fellow in the John V. Roach Honors College, where she refined strategies to help students develop intercultural competence.
“Teaching to me is being an artist, an essayist and a scientist all in one, orchestrating a class, considering the profile of students, and researching course design, pedagogy and learning."
Ms. Penny Maas, Associate Professor of Theatre
College of Fine Arts
Maas came to academia after 21 years of working as a professional actress, singer and dancer on Broadway. She utilizes her background to bring high-level guest teaching artists to campus. She spearheaded the creation of TCU’s BFA Theatre Senior Showcase, and takes performance students to an annual showcase in New York City where dozens of TCU graduates have acquired jobs and professional representation. Relentlessly supportive and energized, Maas fills students with encouragement as she instructs, questions and corrects. Students in her classes feel safe to fail — a crucial component for success in the arts and in life.
“My goal is to help our students feel successful and be the best versions of themselves, inside and outside of classes. To get there, my motto continues to be to ‘take my teaching beyond the classroom.’”
Graduate Student Awards
The Outstanding Graduate Research, Teaching and Service awards winners are selected by each school or college to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in those areas.
Luca Ceresa - College of Science & Engineering
Elizabeth Donnelly - Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Leslie Ekpe - College of Education
Courtney Kimmel - AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Maddi Multer - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Kim Nguyen - College of Fine Arts
Jesús (Jesse) de Hoyos, Jr. - College of Fine Arts
Matthew Dumican - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Michael Gonzalez - Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Paige Northern - College of Science & Engineering
Toya Mary Okonkwo - AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Katharine Ottone - College of Education
Haley Decker - Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Kaitlyn Harrison - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Danny Rodriguez - AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Alex Tolar - College of Education
Jessica (Jessie) Welsh - College of Fine Arts
Karen Winters - College of Science & Engineering
Whitney Lew James - AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Clare Benes - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award winner is selected by each school or college to recognize the faculty member who demonstrates excellence in guiding and supporting graduate student success.
Dr. Kathy Baker - Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Dr. Josh Bentley - Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Dr. Hayat Hokayem - College of Education
Dr. Brad Lucas - AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Ken Richardson - College of Science & Engineering
Undergraduate Student Awards
Senior Scholars are a highly select group, identified by faculty as the most outstanding students in their departments or programs. To be eligible, students must:
(1) be a senior (including graduates from the previous December)
(2) be a major in one of the unit’s programs
(3) have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Departments or programs with larger numbers of majors are allowed to choose one additional Senior Scholar per 300 majors.
|Criminal Justice||Lilly Rice|
|Modern Language Studies||Garrett Wagner|
|Political Science||Audrey Payne
|Spanish & Hispanic Studies||Megan Ruble|
|Information Systems & Supply Chain Management||Nick Gabocy|
|Management & Leadership||Rauvey Garcia|
|Entrepreneurship & Innovation||Hannah Williams|
|Film, Television and Digital Media||Katherine Rose Kovarik|
|Journalism||Samuel Benton McDonald|
|Strategic Communication||Nicole Adams
|Teacher Education||Amy Ceniceros|
|Youth Advocacy & Educational Studies||Moses Contreras|
|Fashion Merchandising||Kaitlyn Strother|
|Classical & Contemporary Dance||Abby Linnabary|
|Deaf & Hard of Hearing Studies||Carly Glass|
|Speech-Language Pathology||Tatum Schieber|
|Social Work||Shelby Enman|
|Biology||Rose Truong Le
David Edward Martin
|Chemistry & Biochemistry||Nishu Sadagopan|
|Computer Science||Lydia Randolph Pape|
|Environmental Sciences||Jeffrey Ryan Fortino|
|Geological Sciences||Emery Green|
|Nutritional Sciences||Alex Burgess|
|Physics & Astronomy||Veronica Jane Lyle|
|Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies||Jazmin Chavez-Soto Rosales|
|Women & Gender Studies||Milan Bolash|
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
|Ahmad Adeyanju||The Effect of Income Inequalities on Countries’ Economic Growth||Dr. Brandy Jolliff Scott, Political Science|
|Fatima Burney||Cultural difference and US intervention in Genocide||Dr. Eric Cox, Political Science|
|Moses Contreras||The Role of Imagination in Sandtray Therapy: Am I Allowed Outside the Box?||Dr. Amber Esping, Education|
|Caleb Ervin||Current and Evolving Leadership Practices within AddRan College of Liberal
Arts: Faculty and Student Survey
|Dr. Brie Diamond and Dr. Lynn Hampton, Political Science|
|Giselle Flores||Implementing Equality in Education||Dr. Luis Romero, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies|
|Victoria Garcia||Interaction of Doxil with Extracellular Matrix Network Structure of Decellularized Rat Tendon||Dr. Laura Luque, Biology|
|Robert Gatabazi||Mental Health Care for Black College Students at Predominantly White Institutions: Minority Status Stress||Dr. Gabe Huddleston, Education|
|Dekia Greene||Giving an Opportunity for Play Language Appreciation Amongst Our Youth||Dr. Samantha Bates, Social Work|
|Gabrielle Griffin||Discovery of Novel Genes in Bacillus anthracis Important for Surviving Reactive Oxygen Species||Dr. Shauna McGillivray, Biology|
|Juan Hernandez||Solar cooling a downtown district||Dr. Efstathios Michaelides, Engineering|
|Janie Mai||The Impact of COVID-19 and Food Insecurity on Older Adults||Dr. Katie Lauve-Moon, Social Work|
|Rachel Maddy||New Age Spirituality and the Reclaiming/Rediscovery of Divine Femininity||Ms. Jennifer Engler and Ms. Lydia Mackay, Theatre|
|Macie Hofilena||The Effects of Covid-19 Among Sex Workers in Brazil and the United States: Public Policy Approaches||Dr. Esther Teixeira, Spanish and Hispanic Studies|
|Frankie Isaac||Portrayals of Black Women Physicians on Medical Drama Television Programs||Dr. Alicia Smith-Tran, Sociology and Anthropology|
|Amy Lan||Evaluating the Properties of Coffee Derived Carbon-Based Materials for Removing Lead from Contaminated Water||Dr. Omar Harvey, Geological Sciences|
|Evelyn Morales||Interactions of environmentally significant anti-inflammatory drugs with nanocrystalline iron-oxides||Dr. Omar Harvey, Geological Sciences|
|Raelicia Morris||The Process of Deaf Adoption||Dr. Tyler Tee, Social Work|
|Saraisabel Perez||La Troca: a look into American Truck culture as it affects Mexican American men||Dr. Brad Lucas, English|
|Jordan Pitts||Determination of Caffeine Use and Its Effects on University Students||Dr. Anne Vanbeber and Dr. Kelly Fisher, Nutrition|
|Maya Vela||Reframing the History of Student Activism at Texas Christian University through a Women of Color & Queer Critical Lens||Dr. Stacie McCormick, English|
|Chris Villegas||Employee Engagement in collaboration software||Dr. Kelly Slaughter, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management|
|Tony Zubieta||Covid 19 Impact on Small Businesses in Fort Worth Texas||Dr. Rosemarie Fike, Economics|
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. To be considered for membership, students must have excellent grades in courses with a liberal education emphasis. Most initiates are juniors and seniors.
TCU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter also bestows the annual James W. Newcomer Senior Scholar in Liberal Studies award, honoring the senior initiate who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and to the society’s motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life.” This year, the chapter selected two Phi Beta Kappa Senior Scholars.
|Political Science||Audrey Payne|
|Caroline Anton||Political Science and History|
|Chris Baugher||Political Science|
|Allie Benson||Psychology and Political Science|
|Amelia Boatwright||Economics and Political Science|
|Carson Cox||Political Science and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies|
|Chloe Creed||English and Political Science|
|Gia “Zaa” Dao||Psychology and Philosophy|
|Claire Dobbs||History and Political Science|
|Gabby Douthitt||Economics and Writing|
|Brent Hewitt||Mechanical Engineering, Economics, and Mathematics|
|Emily Jackson||Music and French|
|Katie Kovarik||English, Sports Broadcasting, and Political Science|
|Ryan Kowilcik||Economics and Philosophy|
|Katie Lawton||Environmental Science|
|Emma Marek||Political Science|
|Jordan Masri||Political Science|
|Benton McDonald||Journalism and Political Science|
|Claire Middleton||History and Biology|
|Annie Navone||Spanish and Hispanic Studies|
|Anh Nguyen||International Economics|
|Laura Nicolescu||Political Science and History|
|Ashley Parks||Writing and Theatre|
|Isabel Pattee||Political Science and Philosophy|
|Kennedy Senise||Political Science and Criminal Justice|
|Braedon Sims||History and Political Science|
|Miranda Sullivan||Political Science and Religion|
|Linh Tran||Psychology and Communication Studies|
|Ashley Travis||Psychology and Criminal Justice|
|Mary Taylor Williams||History|
|Katelyn Zabaleta||Political Science and History|