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Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Recipients of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching were Dr.De De Gardner, Ms. Julia Meritt and Dr. Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek. Read more about the award recipients on the 2019 Award Recipients page.


2020 Faculty Recognitions, Promotions, and Tenure

Congratulations to all Texas State faculty who are award recipients and who have received promotions and tenure, including these outstanding faculty with whom we have worked in the Office of Distance and Extended Learning!

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  • Dr. Farhad Ameri

    Dr. Farhad Ameri has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology.  Dr. Ameri has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is currently developing a new program with ODEL's Continuing Education unit. Dr. Ameri was also chair of a recent international conference offered in collaboration with Continuing Education.

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    Dr. Arzu Ari

    Dr. Arzu Ari, Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, has been Awarded Tenure. Dr. Ari has also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities and is a past recipient of the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Dr. Ari has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and has collaborated in the development of an online degree program.

  • Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks

    Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks has been promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Ausbrooks has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is a former Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee Member.

  • Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

    Dr. Kimberly D. Belcik  has been promoted to Associate Professor in the St. David's School of Nursing. Dr. Belcik has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Michael E. Burns

    Dr. Michael E. Burns is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Burns has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service. Dr. Burns has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and has taken the Foundations faculty professional development course.

  • Dr. Kyon H. Chee

    Dr. Kyong H. Chee has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Chee has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Clay M. Craig

    Dr. Clay M. Craig has been promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has been awarded Tenure. Dr. Craig has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and directs an annual Study in America Program.

  • Dr. Stephanie L. Dailey

    Dr. Stephanie L. Dailey has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and has been awarded Tenure. Dr. Dailey has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team, has instructed a correspondence course, and was a past Online Teaching Award recipient.

  • Dr. William H. DeSoto

    Dr. William H. DeSoto has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. DeSoto has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and was a past correspondence course instructor.

  • Dr. Moira Di Mauro-Jackson

    Dr. Moira Di Mauro-Jackson is a Senior Lecturer of French and Italian in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Dr. Di Mauro-Jackson has been awarded the Golden Apple Award in Teaching, Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching for fall 2020. She regularly teaches extension courses through ODEL.

  • Dr. Diane M. Dolezel

    Dr. Diane M. Dolezel has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Health Information Management and has also received Tenure. Dr. Dolezel has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Celeste Domsch

    Dr. Celeste Domsch, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s Program in the Department of Communication Disorders, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is also a 2020 Texas State University System Regents Award winner.

    Dr. Domsch is planning a 2021 Study in America program with ODEL.

  • Dr. Kristen L. Farris

    Dr. Kristen L. Farris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Farris has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Farris has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is a new Study in America Program Co-Director.

  • Dr. Farhad Ameri

    Ms. Kymberly J. Fox has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ms. Fox has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and was a past Study in America Program Director.

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    Dr. Regina Jillapalli

    Dr. Regina Jillapalli is a Professor in the St. David's School of Nursing. Dr. Jillapalli has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Jillapalli has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and has collaborated in the development an online degree program.

  • Dr. Yoo-Jae Kim

    Dr. Yoo-Jae Kim has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology. Dr. Kim has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Long

    Dr. Ju Long has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods. Dr. Long has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Cindy L. Royal

    Ms. Sarah Maines has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Ms. Maines has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Michael Mileski

    Dr. Michael Mileski has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Health Administration and was also granted Tenure. Dr. Mileski has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is current Tailored faculty.

  • Dr. Christine L. Norton

    Dr. Christine L. Norton has been promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Norton has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is a past Online Teaching Award recipient.

  • Dr. Zo H. Ramamonjiarivelo

    Dr. Zo H. Ramamonjiarivelo, Associate Professor in the School of Health Administration, has been awarded Tenure. Dr. Ramamonjiarivelo has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team.

  • Dr. Cindy L. Royal

    Dr. Cindy L. Royal is a Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Royal has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service and is a past recipient of the Online Teaching Award. In addition, Dr. Royal has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is a past recipient of the Innovation Grant.

  • Dr. Amy L. Schwarz

    Dr. Amy L. Schwarz has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and also received Tenure. Dr. Schwarz has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is highly engaged with remote teaching support.

  • Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

    Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr. has been promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Travis has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is the Master of Social Work Program Director.

  • Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

    Dr. Tiankai Wang has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Health Information Management. Dr. Wang has been a client of ODEL's instructional design team and is the Master's in Health Information Management Program Director.