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Teaching Academy Gala honors 250 members

The fifth annual Teaching Academy Gala honored a record 250 members recently at New Mexico State University for participating in at least ten hours of training during 2007-2008.


The Teaching Academy supports teachers, enhances learning and builds community for all NMSU educators through training, mentoring and networking.

"Our Teaching Academy could not be sustained without the generosity of some 100 donors, many of whom are our Teaching Academy members - faculty, graduate students, and staff," said Tara Gray, director of the academy. "They help to provide scholarships to teaching workshops, attract nationally known speakers, and help us develop even more innovative programming."

Francis Rooker, a dual-degree graduate student in dietetics and the master's of public health program was honored with the most distinguished student award. Robert Paz, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering was honored with the most distinguished faculty member award.

Both the faculty and student distinguished awards are given to those who participated in the most hours of training at the Teaching Academy.

The most distinguished department recognized was the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, for having the highest average participation training at the academy.

The Teaching Academy inducted Tracy Sterling, professor of weed physiology in the entomology, plant pathology, and weed science department for her contributions to professional development.

Three new benefactors also were honored for providing exceptional financial support to the Teaching Academy. Glenn F. Hohnstreiter, Sherry Mills, professor of accounting and business computing systems, and Pookie Sautter, professor of marketing, joined Tara Gray and Herb and Joan Zuhl as the six benefactors of the academy.

The NMSU teaching academy was established in 2003 when what was previously known as the Center for Educational Development was expanded.

For more information contact Gray at (575) 646-1013.