UTSA Associate Professor Kolleen Guy receives endowed professorship

Kolleen Guy

Kolleen Guy

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(April 21, 2011)--Kolleen Guy, associate professor of history in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, is the recipient of the inaugural Ricardo Romo Ph.D. Endowed Professorship at UTSA. Established in 2009, the endowed professorship honors Romo's 10th anniversary as president of UTSA, now one of seven emerging research universities in Texas.

"This award celebrates the leadership of Dr. Romo," said UTSA alumnus Robert Rivard '96, editor of the San Antonio Express-News and an instrumental partner in establishing the professorship. "It also will help a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research and service to undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College," he added.

The Honors College began in 2002 at the request of Romo to provide a rich educational experience for academically talented students. The Honors College is open to undergraduates from all academic disciplines and now includes more than 800 students.

"It is fitting that Kolleen Guy has been selected as the first recipient of the Ricardo Romo Ph.D. Endowed Professorship," said Romo. "Dr. Guy's work exemplifies the outstanding scholarship taking place at UTSA. I congratulate her on a job well done."

Guy, who has been teaching honors courses in European history and world civilization for more than 15 years, focuses her research on material culture in modern Europe and France with an emphasis on production, distribution and consumption.

"I am very honored to be appointed to this professorship and I plan to demonstrate during my three-year appointment the values that we see so clearly in Dr. Romo's career trajectory: excellence in teaching, outstanding scholarship and civic commitment," said Guy, who is the author of 13 books and numerous journal articles.

In addition to her literary work and research, Guy currently serves as a consultant with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, "CBS Sunday Morning" and the Food Network, and she is a frequent contributor to documentaries on the National Geographic channel. Her list of honors over the years include the 2010 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

Guy received her bachelor's degrees in history and English from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., a master's degree in history from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill., and a doctoral degree in history from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Donors to the endowed professorship include Patricia and Bob Ayres, Dolph Briscoe, Louise and Michael Burke, H-E-B, Karen and Tim Hixon, The McCombs Family Foundation, The John and Florence Newman Foundation, San Antonio Express-News, David and Jennifer Spencer, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Tobin Endowment, Valero Energy Foundation, and Mollie and Bartell Zachry.