2017 Faculty Awards


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



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


  • Christina


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