Texas has an abundance of talented people, including a proportionally large and talented pool of professors. With so many high-quality educators filling the state’s colleges and universities, students who were born and raised in Texas, as well as those who immigrate to the state for their education, have a significant advantage.
The women in this list represent an impressive collection of professors in the state of Texas who have demonstrated unswerving dedication to their fields and to their students. Each has recently been awarded or recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom. There are many, many more women who could have made this list, all of whom care just as deeply about what they do, but we believe that these 25 truly stand out.
Dr. Agbese has recently received a 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her doctorate from Bowling Green State University in 2004 and joined the UTPA faculty in 2006.
Dr. Wickstrom has been awarded the J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012, an honor which only full-time faculty members of at least five years are eligible. She joined the UNT faculty in 2000, after teaching for 25 years in primary schools.
Dr. Miles has recently received a UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012. Her specializations include American, Southern, and Women’s literature.
Dr. Nolan-Ferrell has received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests center on various aspects of Mexican and Latin American culture.
Dr. Monroe has received the Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a professor of Fiction in the Master of Fine Arts program and holds a PhD from the University of Utah.
Dr. Ray has recently received the UNT President’s Council Teaching Award. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ray serves as the director of the UNT Child and Family Resource Clinic.
Dr. Durband was selected as a recipient of the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the Founding Chair of the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Services.
Dr. Brown recently received the Stephen F. Austin State University 2012 Teaching Excellence Award. She earned her doctorate in animal nutrition from Texas A&M University in 2005.
Dr. Shipley has received a UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012. She earned her PhD from Rice University in 2007.
Dr. Moon has been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the untenured faculty category. Her primary research interests are nanosciences, bioengineering, and microfluids.
Dr. Linhart has received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement College-Level Award in Teaching for 2012. She earned her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999.
Dr. Edwards has received the Jack and Louise Arthur Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award given to outstanding full-time professors who have served for five or more years. Her primary teaching and research interests focus on social media and networking.
The Texas State Alumni Association has awarded Dr. Kang the Teaching Award of Honor. She earned her doctorate from the Louisiana State University.
Dr. Oakes has been received the 2012 John Freeman Faculty Teaching Award, the annual recipients of which are chosen by the senior class of the University of Texas Medical School. She has been teaching at the Medical School since 2002.
Dr. Ryan has received the UTA Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from the Southern Methodist University in 1996.
Dr. Loescher has recently been awarded the Outstanding Service Learning Professor Award by the University of Texas Volunteer and Service Learning Center. She earned her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.
The Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council has recently awarded Dr. Rice-Spearman the Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to teaching in the department of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care, Dr. Rice-Spearman serves as the assistant dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Stoehr has received the SFASU 2012 Teaching Excellence Award for her innovation in and dedication to her field. She has served as Director of the Language Resource Center since 1999.
Dr. Aitches recently received the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1990, she earned her doctorate from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Ala’i-Rosales has received the ‘Fessor Graham award for 2012, the highest honor given by the UNT student body. She began her professorship at UNT in 1998, after completing her Doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology. She teaches in UNT’s Department of Behavior Analysis.
The Texas A&M University Association of Former Students has recently awarded Dr. Yennello the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. She is the group leader of the Yennello Research Group.
Dr. Sowards recently received the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western States Communication Association. She joined the faculty at UTEP in 2004.
Professor Beebe has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her MA from the University of Miami, Florida.
Dr. Ainsa has recently been awarded the 2012 University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty. Some of her research interests include early childhood education and special education.
Dr. Weatherton was recently awarded the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to teaching and her work as a professional engineer, she serves as associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.