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2017 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Recipients of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching were the following. 

Mr. Seth Frei

Lecturer, Management
Mr. Seth Frei receives the 2017 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Pictured with Mr. Frei is Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


Seth Frei completed his M.A. in Communication Studies at Texas State University in 2012 with an emphasis in organizational and instructional communication. Mr. Frei is also pursuing his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 2013, he taught as Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State. In this role, he taught many courses, including Organizational Communication, Leadership and Communication, Training and Development, and Event Planning. In 2014, he earned the Award for Department Teaching Excellence at Texas State. In 2018, he moved to a Lecturer position in the Department of Management in the McCoy College of Business Administration. In this position, he teaches Business Communication and other courses on management and leadership.

He has taught the course for which he received this award—COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication—since he began as a graduate student at Texas State in 2010. He taught the course in a face-to-face format for many years and developed the online format through the Foundations and Advanced Online Course Design and Development courses. He looks forward to continuing to offer this and other online courses in the future.

Dr. Rachel Davenport

Dr. Rachel Davenport receives the award as Runner-Up for the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Pictured with Dr. Davenport is Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Senior Lecturer, Biology


Dr. Davenport earned her M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State University and began teaching at Texas State in 2011. She teaches Modern Biology and Vertebrate Physiology and coordinates the Vertebrate Physiology labs. With much guidance from Instructional Technologies Support and their excellent workshops, she developed the first hybrid course in the Biology Department, which has since moved fully online. She received this award for that online course: BIO 1320 - Modern Biology I.

Dr. Davenport has facilitated several workshops aimed at increasing student engagement and incorporating technology into the classroom, and she was recently interviewed by EdSurge about pedagogy strategies and educational technologies. She is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, as well as several campus committees including the Honor Code Council and the Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee. Dr. Davenport received the College of Science and Engineering’s Achievement Award in Teaching in 2016. In 2017, she was selected as a Namesake for Bobcat Preview, and received the Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching./p>

Dr. Robert Reardon


Dr. Robert Reardon is recognized as Runner-Up for the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Pictured with Dr. Reardon is Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.Senior Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology



Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Reardon spent 27 years working as a chemical engineer in manufacturing before working in higher education. He came to Texas State University in 2006 after completing his Ph.D. in Adult Education at the University of Georgia. He teaches Ph.D. and M.A. classes in quantitative research, leadership, workplace learning, and program planning. Over the last three years, he has been active in adapting classes in the Workplace, Community, and Continuing Education to the online learning environment. He received this award for his online course, ADED 5345/7345: Issues in Adult Education. His research areas include leadership, workplace learning, and STEM education.

Dr. Reardon is still active in engineering, consulting in risk analysis of highly hazardous chemicals, employee training, and procedure development. He is past Chair of the Chemical Committee of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. Dr. Reardon and his wife Rebecca live in New Braunfels and enjoy travel. They have one son, Alex, who lives in Georgia.