2017 Faculty Awards

TTUHSC Leadership

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) held the State of the University Address and Faculty Awards Convocation Nov. 7. Awards were given to outstanding faculty who have gone above and beyond in areas of interprofessionalism, research, community engagement, academics and health care.


Recipients of the 2017 faculty awards include:

President’s Early Career Investigator Award

Irene La-Beck, Pharm.D.

President’s Excellence in Interprofessional Teamwork Award

A Day in the Life: Emergency Room

Ruth Bargainer, MSN, R.N.

Kathryn Whitcomb, DNP, R.N.

April Beckling, MSN, R.N.

Terran Keidl, BSN, R.N.

Young Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS

Chephra McKee, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Bethany Ibach, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Christina Robohm-Leavitt, M.S., PA-C

President’s Excellence in Community Engagement Award

Susan Calloway, Ph.D., FNP

President’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Krystal Haase, Pharm.D.

President’s Excellence in Teaching Team Award


Melinda Mitchell Jones, MSN, J.D.

Deborah Sikes, DNP, R.N.

Patricia Francis-Johnson, DNP, R.N.

Jana Saunders Cookman, Ph.D., PMH

Laura Opton, DHSc, R.N.

Deborah Casida, MSN, R.N. 

President’s Excellence in Research Award

Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D. 

President’s Outstanding Clinician Award

Rebecca Burpo, DNP, MSN

University Distinguished Professors

John DeToledo, M.D.

Barbara Sawyer, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)

Michael Blanton, Ph.D.

Jane Ann Colmer-Hamood, Ph.D.

Vaughan Lee, Ph.D.

Harold Werner, M.D., FACE



  • Awardees
  • Susan Calloway
  • Haas
  • Burpo
  • DeToledo
  • Sawyer
  • Blanton
  • Jane
  • Werner


  • Christina



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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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