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New Mexico State faculty members receive teaching awards

Ten New Mexico State University faculty members received awards for outstanding teaching at a Jan. 3 convocation to open the university's spring semester.



New Mexico State University's Roush Award winners are, left to right, front row: Jeannette Haynes Writer, Marlene Chavez-Toivanen, Jennifer Kreie; second row: Danny Taylor, Sinnathamby Pankayatselvan, Enrico Pontelli; back row: Clinton B. Woodward..

The Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Awards are named for a former New Mexico State executive vice president who was known for his work in the area of teaching effectiveness. Recipients are chosen by the deans based on input from a variety of sources, including the results of a survey of graduating seniors.

This year's Roush Award winners are:

Jack D. Thomas, associate professor in the animal and range sciences department, College of Agriculture and Home Economics. He has served as the advisor to the Block and Bridle Club and is a founder of the campus chapters of the FarmHouse Association and the Ceres Association.

Ricardo Aguilar-Melantzon, professor in the languages and linguistics department, College of Arts and Sciences. He has been instrumental in promoting Chicano literature on both sides of the United States-Mexico border.

Enrico Pontelli, assistant professor in the computer science department, College of Arts and Sciences. The National Science Foundation selected him for a prestigious CAREER Award to support his research in parallel computing.

Jennifer Kreie, assistant professor in the accounting and business computer systems department, College of Business Administration and Home Economics. She has introduced a computerized assessment tool into the Introduction to Computerized Information Systems course, enabling her to tailor the course content to student skill levels.

Jeanette Haynes Writer, assistant professor in the curriculum and instruction department, College of Education. She developed and taught the college's first Native American education course.

Clinton B. Woodward Jr, professor in the civil and geological engineering department, College of Engineering. His research on methods of testing and evaluating highway bridges keeps him at the leading edge of his field and he brings this expertise to his classroom.

Danny Taylor, associate professor of agricultural economics at New Mexico State University at Alamogordo. He has received the NMSU-Alamogordo Excellence in Teaching Award, by a vote of the students, four times: 1983, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

David L. Redford, instructor of criminal justice and social science at New Mexico State University at Carlsbad. With 30 years of experience in criminal justice, security and safety, David Redford shares his real-world knowledge with his students.

Sinnathamby Pankayatselvan, instructor of mathematics at the Dona Ana Branch Community College. Since earning his master's degree in mathematics at New Mexico State in 1994, he has been committed to enhancing student-learning outcomes at the Doņa Ana Branch.

Marlene Chavez-Toivanen, instructor of mathematics at New Mexico State University at Grants. She coordinates the Alliance for Minority Participation program on the Grants campus and also coordinates and teaches the NMSU-Grants Summer Bridge program.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/roush.jpg.
CUTLINE: New Mexico State University's Roush Award winners are, left to right, front row: Jeannette Haynes Writer, Marlene Chavez-Toivanen, Jennifer Kreie; second row: Danny Taylor, Sinnathamby Pankayatselvan, Enrico Pontelli; back row: Clinton B. Woodward, David L. Redford, Ricardo Aguilar-Melantzon, Jack D. Thomas. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Karl Hill
Jan. 9, 2002