From top, Ken Little, Cynthia Perez McCluskey,
Robert Collinge and Richard Welch
Creative Production, Excellence in Service, Core Curriculum Teaching Awards
(May 9, 2005)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Provost and Executive Vice President Guy Bailey hosted the 2005 Faculty Honors Convocation Wednesday, May 4 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04).
The ceremony honored recipients of the 2005 President's Distinguished Achievement Awards, the 2005 Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teacher Award and the Peter T. Flawn Professors for 2004-2005, acknowledged service awards and recognized faculty retirees.
Below, read profiles of the honorees for 2005 President's Distinguished Achievement Awards for Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement; Excellence in University Service and Core Curriculum Teaching.
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Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement -- Tenured and Non-Tenure Track
Ken Little has been a member of the UTSA faculty since 1998, during which time he has served as head of the sculpture concentration for the bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts programs. The significance of Little's creative research was acknowledged by a traveling retrospective of his work organized by the Southwest School of Art and Craft in 2003. Titled "Little Changes," the exhibition surveyed his sculpture work from the last three decades. More recently, Little's work was included in a solo show at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, Calif., and in numerous group exhibitions across the United States.
Excellence in University Service
Cynthia Perez McCluskey
Cynthia Perez McCluskey arrived at UTSA in fall 2004 and has since contributed significantly to the development and management of the master of science in criminal justice program. She worked to centralize graduate student record-keeping through her development of an electronic data storage and retrieval system. Perez McCluskey served on numerous department, college and university committees while maintaining a heavy teaching load and an active research agenda.
Core Curriculum Teaching -- Tenured and Tenure-Track
Robert Collinge teaches one or two large sections of introductory economics with 300 to 450 students per section each semester. According to Ken Weiher, chair of the Department of Economics, "Bob teaches economics for the first and often only time to more than 600 students per semester. He turns some students on to economics so much that his class is an incubator for future economics majors. Business majors, who will go on to additional economics courses are sure to get a strong foundation from Bob's classes. Those students that never take another economics course are fortunate to have Dr. Collinge because they are exposed to the economic way of thinking in a class that applies the theories to a wide variety of public and social issues in a highly inventive manner."
Core Curriculum Teaching -- Non-Tenure Track
Richard Welch has taught for more than 20 years as a non-tenure track faculty member in the Department of Economics. Welch teaches three large sections of introductory microeconomics with approximately 300 students per class each year. According to Ken Weiher, "Dr. Welch is an energetic and highly devoted teacher who is constantly trying the latest classroom and Internet innovations to help connect with his students and keep them tuned in as well. In spite of the size of those classes, Dick has constantly managed to be among the best in his scores on student evaluations."