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Annual faculty, staff awards ceremony set

Texas Woman’s will honor faculty and staff for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the university during the 2023 Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 20, in the Dr. Phyllis J. Bridges Auditorium of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall (SUHH). The ceremony also will be broadcast via livestream.

Award recipients are:

Faculty Awards

  • Distinction in TeachingTina Gumienny, PhD, associate professor, Biology
  • Distinction in Distance EducationDeepani Tennakoon, PhD, lecturer I, Biology
  • Distinction in Scholarship (two awards) — Christopher Brower, PhD, associate professor, Biology, and Derek Miketinas, PhD, assistant professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • Distinction in ServiceDiAnna Hynds, PhD, professor, Biology
  • Innovation in AcademiaJuliet Spencer, PhD, director, School of the Sciences and professor, Biology
  • Humphries AwardNathaniel C. Mills, PhD, professor, Biology
  • Mary Mason Lyon Award for Distinguished Junior Faculty (two awards) — Carter Biggers, DMA, director of bands and associate professor, Music, and Jayne Jennings Dunlap, DNP, assistant clinical professor, Nursing
  • Cornaro AwardJyutika Mehta, PhD, professor, Communication Sciences; director, TWU Stroke Center-Dallas


Staff Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award (two awards) — Ivy Naude, assistant director, marketing events & outreach, College of Business, and Rosa Rangel, custodian II, Facilities Management
  • Award of ExcellenceVik Arunkumar, associate director, Residence Life
  • Feyten-Wick Health & WellBeing Champion (two awards) — Johnnie Moore, maintenance worker II, Facilities Management, and Suzi Rumohr, science librarian, TWU Libraries
  • Distinguished Service to Student Life (two awards) — Lizabeth Spoonts, clinical professor, Dental Hygiene, and Kathleen Davis, PhD, associate professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • Distinguished Service to Enrollment ManagementRuth A. Johnson, PhD, associate dean, Graduate School
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU LibrariesElaine Cox, senior health sciences librarian II

A reception will follow in the Southwest Ballroom of SUHH.