TTU System Honors Top Faculty Members with Chancellor’s Council Awards

Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell and university presidents recognize the system’s top faculty with teaching and research awards.

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Throughout the month of January, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell recognized 13 faculty members from the TTU System’s four institutions as recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. These awards recognize excellence in academics and research, and are the most prestigious honors given to faculty members within the TTU System.

“I’m proud of the world-class innovation and excellence these faculty members exhibit and the unparalleled education and mentorship they provide to our students,” Mitchell said. “It is an honor to recognize these individuals and the many ways they power our mission to solve problems and change lives. I am thankful they choose to lend their talents and leadership to the institutions of the Texas Tech University System.”

The awards are made possible through philanthropic gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, a giving society that supports Mitchell’s priorities of impacting student lives through scholarships, recognizing faculty achievement and encouraging excellence across the TTU System. Since the teaching and research awards were established by the council in 2001, 178 faculty have received awards totaling $1.1 million.

Award recipients each receive a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.

“Through their annual gifts, Chancellor’s Council members make it possible for us to honor these outstanding faculty and do so much more across our universities,” Mitchell said. “These donors are part of the great things happening here, and I appreciate their continued support.”

2019 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center:

  • Min Hee Kang, Pharm.D., School of Medicine (Research Award)
  • Vardan T. Karamyan, Pharm.D., Ph.D., School of Pharmacy (Teaching Award)
  • Donna C. Owen, Ph.D., R.N., School of Nursing (Research Award)
  • Steven Sawyer, P.T., Ph.D., School of Health Professions (Teaching Award)
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