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2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Recipients of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching 

Recipients are pictured receiving the award from Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Stephanie Dailey

Dr. Stephanie Dailey with Dr. Debbie Thorne


Dr. Dailey has been teaching communication courses since 2009, with the last two years spent at Texas State University. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in organizational communication, research methods, and technology. Dr. Dailey is being recognized for her online course, COMM 3301: Empirical Research Methods, a class she designed and developed in the Advanced Online Course Design and Development course offered by ITS. In teaching both online and face-to-face courses, Dr. Dailey strives to make course material relevant to students beyond the college campus. Dr. Dailey received a bachelor of arts at Southwestern University, and a master of arts and Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Dailey was also the Outstanding Communications Adjunct of the Year two years in a row during her tenure at St. Edward's University. She has had her work published in several journals, including Communication Teacher, which publishes creative instructional activities for communication courses. She also serves on the editorial review board of this journal.

Dr. Cindy Royal

Dr. Cindy Royal with Dr. Debbie Thorne

Dr. Cindy Royal teaches digital and data-driven media skills and concepts in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has been teaching at Texas State for ten years, dedicating her career to preparing students to be innovative in their media careers. While she has been integrating online modules into her courses for several years, 2015 was the first time she taught completely online courses, the graduate Digital Media Issues and undergraduate Fundamentals of Digital/Online Media courses. Dr. Royal completed Ph.D. studies in journalism and mass communication at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. Her research focuses on data journalism, coding education, and gender issues in technology. In 2013, Dr. Royal received Texas State's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and the AEJMC/Scripps Howard Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year award. She was a 2014 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, the first full-time academic to be accepted into this prestigious program. She enjoys live Music, breakfast tacos, and travel.

Ms. Hannah Thornton

Ms. Hannah Thornton with Dr. Debbie Thorne.

Hannah Thornton has been teaching in the Nutrition and Foods Program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences for four years. Ms. Thornton teaches both introductory and advanced nutrition courses, and she is being recognized for her online course, NUTR 3362: Nutrition and Health. This course engages non-nutrition majors in an exploration of basic nutrition concepts and encourages the application of those concepts to their everyday lives. Ms. Thornton earned a bachelor of arts in biology at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and a master of science in biology at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She completed a master of science in nutrition and the dietetic internship at Texas State. In addition to teaching, Ms. Thornton works as a private practice dietitian specializing in pregnancy and pediatric nutrition, and her experiences in the field inform her courses. Ms. Thornton comes from a long line of educators, and she believes deeply in the power of education to transform lives. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of her students' journey.