Texas 10

 

FACULTY & STAFF AWARDS

Texas 10 

Recognizing professors who have enriched the lives of their students on the Forty Acres. 

Started in 2011, the Texas 10 is an annual list of inspiring professors, nominated by alumni and featured in the Alcalde magazine. These are professors that their former students, upon reflection and with the benefit of hindsight, consider to have made a lasting impact on their lives.

The Story Behind the Texas 10

2021 Recipients

Michael Clement

KPMG Centennial Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting

Years at UT: 24

Clement says the core purpose of the university—to transform lives for the benefit of society—is what has kept him in Austin so long and made it easy to turn down offers from private schools. And his job at UT allows him autonomy in his research and to take full advantage of his intellectual curiosity. “There is always something new to learn,” he says.

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Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Professor Emerita, Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

Years at UT: 28

When it comes to balancing the life of an artist and academic, Jones says, “There is deep continuity and deep challenge. What I studied as a scholar was what I was actually embodying as an artist,” she says, later adding: “I had to live it in order to understand it in any sort of way to share it with others.”

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Sara Stewart Stevens

MS ’12; Assistant Professor of Practice and Program Director (Academic), the Division of Textiles and Apparel

Years at UT: 9

Whether she is speaking at a lectern or taking her students to New York City to learn directly from fashion icon Iris Apfel, Stevens feels she is doing the work she was meant to do. “The more I have taught,” she says, “the more I’ve realized this was my path all along.”

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Michael Mosser

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Government

Years at UT: 9

After receiving his BA from Pitt, Mosser went to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned both a master’s and PhD in political science. Over the course of his 20-year career, Mosser has become one the nation’s foremost experts on European security and international relations. Despite his worldliness, in the classroom Mosser makes a point to connect with his students.

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Alison Norman

MS ’06, PhD ’10; Associate Professor of  Instruction, Department of Computer Science

Years at UT: 10

Norman was predestined to be a computer sciences professor. Growing up in Georgia, both of her parents worked at IBM and her father became a computer science professor at the University of Georgia. Still, she didn’t jump into the family business right away, majoring in biology instead during her freshman year at Georgia Tech. “I was such a rule follower that my way of rebelling was majoring in another STEM field,” she says with a laugh.

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Betsy Berry

MA ’87, PhD ’94; Senior Lecturer, Department of English

Years at UT: 27

Berry says her biggest goal is to get her students to “not like, but love” reading and to become lifelong readers—not because it will give them the ability to use fancy words, but because she knows becoming a lifelong reader will help them move through the world more easily.

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Michael Marder

Professor, Department of Physics; Executive Director, UTeach

Years at UT: 33

It was by a seemingly random pattern that Marder ended up with a three-decade-long career in teaching. At UT he teaches students across a variety of majors, and was awarded the Texas Exes’ Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for being a “teacher of teachers” in 2008.

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Jung Kwak

Jung Kwak

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Years at UT: 4

As both a social worker and gerontologist, Kwak embraces a multidisciplinary teaching style, looking at issues not only from a medical and biomedical ethics perspective, but infusing public health, philosophy, religion, arts, and literature into her syllabi.

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Fred Valdez

BA ’75; Professor, Department of Anthropology

Years at UT: 32

Valdez took his first archaeology course at the behest of a friend who didn’t want to take the class by himself. What started as a favor ended up sparking a lifelong curiosity for Valdez, and before long he was hooked.

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Natalie Czimskey

BS ’08, MA ’11, PhD ’19; Lecturer, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Years at UT: 9

As a newly minted Provost’s Teaching Fellow for 2021, Czimskey will spend the next two years researching this kind of “compassionate instruction,” an examination of how perceived professor compassion can positively impact students.

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Past Recipients

2020

Martin “Randy” Cox
BA ‘91, MA ‘94, Life Member, Communication

Ofodike Ezekoye
Mechanical Engineering

Tatjana Lichenstein
History

Michaela Marinelli
Neuroscience

Curran Nault
PHD ‘93, Radio-Television-Film

David Prindle
Government

Haydee Rodriguez
PHD ‘00, Curriculum and Instruction

John Rumrich
English

Laurie Scott
PHD ‘87, Music and Human Learning

William Wolensenky
Mathematics

More about the 2020 recipients

 

2019

Marina Alexandrova
MA ‘04, PHD ‘10, Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Hina Azam
Islamic Studies

Michele Deitch
Law

Toyin Falola
History

Linda Henderson
Art History

David Hoffman
Molecular Biosciences

H.W. Perry Jr.
Government, Law

Lucas Powe
Government, Law

Adrianne Rosales
BS ‘07, Chemical Engineering

Jan Todd
PHD ‘95, Life Member, Women’s and Gender Studies

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2018

Courtney Byrd
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Patricia Carter
Nursing

Bonnie Elliot
PHD ‘99, Curriculum and Instruction

Fatima Fakhreddine
MA ‘96, PHD ‘99, Chemistry

Thomas Garza
Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Donna Johnston-Blair
Accounting

Bartholomew Sparrow
MA ‘84, Government

Lisa B. Thompson
African and African Diaspora Studies

Heidi Toprac
MBA ‘91, Life Member, Finance

Carlos Torres-Verdin
MA ‘85, MS ‘85, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

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2017

Kate Biberdorf
PHD ‘14, Chemistry

Charles Carson
Musicology

Antonella Del Fattore-Olson
Italian Studies

William Inboden
Public Affairs

John Murphy
PHD ‘74, Life Member, Advertising

Masa Prodanovic
Engineering

Shirley Thompson
African and African Diaspora Studies

Jessica Toste
Education

Clint Tuttle
BBA ‘03, Life Member, Information, Risk, and Operations Management

Juliet E.K. Walker
History

More about the 2017 recipients

 

2016

H.W. Brands
PHD ‘85, History

Jerome Bump
English

Ben Carrington
Sociology

Tracy Dahlby
Journalism

Diane Ginsburg
PH D’14, Life Member, Pharmacy

Laura Lashinger
Nutritional Sciences

Mukul Sharma
Engineering

Katie Tackett
MS ‘04, PHD ‘09, Special Education

Eric Tang
African and African Diaspora Studies

Jaqueline Woolley
Psychology

More about the 2016 recipients

 

2015

Ockhee Bego
BS ‘04, Life Member, Textiles and Apparel

Inderjit Dhillon
Computer Science

George Forgie
History

Katie Gray
BBA ‘03, Life Member, Business

Leonard Moore
History

Christopher Roldan
BS ‘02, Radio-Television-Film

Mary Rose
Sociology

David Small
Music

Lawrence Speck
Architecture

Lorie Holleran Steiker
Social Work

More about the 2015 recipients

 

2014 

Mia Carter
English

Don Graham
PHD ‘71, English

Barbara Jones
Social Work

Joan Lazarus
Theatre and Dance

David Laude
Chemistry

Herbert A. Miller Jr.
Business

Ricardo Romo
BS ‘67, Life Member, History

Joan Shiring
MED ‘81, PHD ‘86, Education

Sean Theriault
Government

James Vick
Life Member, Mathematics

More about the 2014 recipients    

 

2013

Frank Bash
Astronomy
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Ruth Buskirk
Biology
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Cristina Cabello de Martinez
BA ‘81, MA ‘85, PHD ‘93, Spanish and Portugese
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Richard Cherwitz 
Communication
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Miguel Ferguson
Social Work
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Chris Kirk
Anthropology
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Lisa Koonce 
Accounting
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Reuben McDaniel
Business
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John McKetta
Life Member, Engineering
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Penne Restad
History
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2011

Bruce Buchanan
Government
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Nancy Daley 
PHD ‘91, Human Sexuality
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John Daly
Communication
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Lino Graglia
Law
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Brent Iverson
Life Member, Chemistry
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Tim Loving 
BA ‘95, Human Development
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Shannon Patton 
MS ‘89, Nursing
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John Pearce
Engineering
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Charles Ramirez-Berg 
Radio-Television-Film
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Jennifer Wilks 
English
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