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2021 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Recipients of the 2021 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching are the following.

Dr. Ludmila Krylova

Mrs. Lyudmyla Krylova, CPA

Lecturer, Department of Accounting


Lyudmyla V. Krylova, CPA, earned a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Economics from Kent State University. Since 2012 she has been a lecturer for the Accounting Department. She teaches Financial, Managerial, Cost, and Intermediate Accounting courses in various formats. Her teaching efforts were recognized by the Texas State Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018) as well as Faculty Engagement Award in Accounting Department (2020).

Lyudmyla V. Krylova is being honored for her ACC 2301: Accounting in Organization and Society course. She taught the course in a face-to-face and hybrid format for many years and developed the online format through Online Course Design and Development course offered by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

Prior to coming to Texas State University, Mrs. Krylova worked in Deloitte’s Financial advisory service, performing financial analysis of the companies under mergers and acquisitions in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Ms. Krylova uses her practical experience to bridge theoretical knowledge with practice. Also, Mrs. Krylova was a co-organizer of the faculty-led Prague Study Abroad program, where students attended meetings with global (e.g., Pfizer, PWC) and local companies.

Outside the classroom, Mrs. Krylova has been Chair of the Online Teaching Committee in the McCoy College of Business since 2020. She also speaks regionally and nationally on topics of innovation in the accounting classrooms.

Dr. Kimberly Talley

Dr. Kimberly G. Talley, P.E.

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology


Dr. Kimberly Talley, P.E. is a native of North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degrees in Construction Engineering and Management and in History from North Carolina State University. Graduate school brought her to Texas and – as her mother predicted – she married a Texan and never moved back home. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Talley worked in structural design in Austin, Texas, and taught part-time at Austin Community College before returning to academia full-time at Texas State University in 2012. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and teaches Structural Analysis and Construction Estimating. Her award-winning online course is part of the new online master’s program in Construction Management. The course, CSM 5362: Pre-Construction Services, was offered for the first time in Fall 2020, which coincided with the launch of the online master’s program.

This course was the first that Dr. Talley has taught online, and she worked with the fabulous instructional designer, Patrick Smith, to learn this new LMS called Canvas and write a new course (including an abrupt shift to working remotely mid-development). Dr. Talley has attended Texas State’s Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the National Effective Teaching Institute to learn best practices. Further, she has received several teaching awards, including the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021. Her research is in the area of Student Engagement and Retention within the broader field of Engineering Education.

Dr. Tiankai Wang

Dr. Tiankai Wang

Professor, Department of Health Information Management


Dr. Tiankai Wang is a Professor and the MHIM Program Director in the Department of Health Information Management. Dr. Wang is teaching six online health information management (HIM) courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, including Enterprise EHR, Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Management, Health Informatics, Leadership Principles for HIM, Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality, and Finance and Reimbursement Methods. Dr. Wang is being honored today for HIM 5301: Enterprise EHR (Electronic Health Record). He began teaching the course face-to-face in 2011 and developed the course as a fully online course in 2015, when the online Master of Health Information Management program was launched.

Dr. Wang’s research focuses on health information technology and healthcare finance. He has published over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles, made numerous presentations, and was awarded several grants. He was awarded the College of Health Professions Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, and he was Runner-Up for this award in 2013.

2021 Award Reception and Showcase: Video to be Provided After Award Ceremony!