UNM will recognize 14 outstanding teachers at the annual Teaching Award Ceremony and reception on Thursday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Ballroom C. President David Schmidly will present the Presidential Teaching Fellow Award to Howard Waitzkin. The Presidential Teaching Fellow is the highest recognition for teaching awarded by the university.

Deputy Provost Richard Holder will present the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards to Sanjay Krishna and P.J. Woods (CoN) and the New Faculty of the Year Awards to Marissa Greenberg and Maria Lane.

The Online Teacher of the Year Award will be presented to Janis Anderson. Holder will also present the Outstanding Adjunct/Lecturer of the Year Awards to Karolyn Cannata-Winge, Aurora Pun and Alisha Ray.

Dean of Graduate Studies Amy Wohlert will present the Susan Deese-Roberts Teaching Assistant Awards to Elena Avilés, Whitney Purvis, Samantha Tetangco, Dan Darling and Mel Strong.

Waitzkin, distinguished professor, Departments of Sociology, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine, coauthored the proposal for a single-payer national health program published in the New England Journal of Medicine and later introduced in the U.S. Congress. He was recognized as a Fulbright New Century Scholar and for other awards.

Courses Waitzkin has taught at UNM include globalization and health, public mental health, social medicine in Latin America and the first seminar in the new B.A./M.D. Program, Contours of Health in New Mexico. He directs the New Mexico Mentorship and Education Program in Mental Health Services Research. He also sees patients as a primary care practitioner in rural northern New Mexico.

Krishna, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and associate director, Center for High Technology Materials, is interested in incorporating novel pedagogical teaching techniques such as active learning techniques in the classroom. His research interests include growth, fabrication and characterization for mid infrared detectors. Krishna received the Gold Medal from IIT, IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award, 2009 UNM regents lectureship and other recognition.

P.J. Woods, clinical education assistant professor, College of Nursing, and coordinator, nursing administrator master’s degree concentration, joined the nursing faculty after retiring as chief nursing officer and associate dean for clinical nursing services, UNM Health Sciences Center. Woods developed the first Academic Nurse Residency Program in the nation, led a curriculum revision for the nursing administration concentration and chairs the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Curriculum Committee.

Anderson, research associate professor, Department of Psychology, has worked with New Media and Extended Learning to develop online psychology courses at UNM and with UNM psychology faculty to assess the impact of activities such as online quizzing on student learning. Before joining the psychology faculty at UNM, she engaged in specialized research and clinical activities as a psychologist. She is also assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and associate psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Greenberg, assistant professor, Department of English Language and Literature, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early English literature, especially Renaissance drama. She developed strategies to make early English literature personally engaging and professionally useful for students in diverse disciplines. She is faculty sponsor for English honor society Sigma Tau Delta at UNM. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award and other awards.

Lane, assistant professor, Department of Geography, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in world regional geography, physical geography, Southwest and New Mexico geography, geographic research and independent study for students in geography and other disciplines. She works extensively with undergraduate and graduate students as research assistants. She’s working on a historical geography of irrigation science in the American West, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Cannata-Winge, lecturer, Department of Communication and Journalism, uses her more than 20 years of professional experience in visual communication, design, print journalism, advertising and public relations to give her students real-world examples and a glimpse of what they will encounter in their careers. She also serves as the department’s faculty internship coordinator and adviser to the American Advertising Federation’s UNM student chapter.

Pun, lecturer, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, has taught introductory geology courses since she was a graduate student at UNM. She pioneered collaborative learning activities in large classes and was among the first UNM instructors to use clickers to encourage peer interaction and obtain real-time assessment of students’ conceptual learning progress. Her work includes curriculum development and instructional supervision for graduate students teaching physical geology laboratory sections.

Ray, lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, became interested in teaching as an undergraduate at UNM, when she worked as a math tutor at CAPS, Center for Academic Program Support. She continued at CAPS as a supplemental instruction leader after graduating and completed her master’s degree at UNM.

Avilés, teaching assistant and doctoral student, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, has taught courses in Spanish as a heritage language and Chicano studies. She is assistant coordinator of UNM’s Sabine Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language program and was part of a SUSHL team that presented at the First International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages. She helped develop research-based assessment for language learning outcomes.

Darling, teaching assistant, Department of English Language and Literature, started teaching during a high school year abroad in Sweden, where he taught juvenile ex-convicts to juggle. At UNM, he teaches creative and expository writing courses. He receives a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in May.

Purvis, teaching assistant, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and doctoral student, Department of American Studies, will serve next year as assistant coordinator, Spanish as a Second Language Program. Her academic focus is on race, class and ethnicity on the U.S.-Mexico border, performance in U.S. culture, and fictitious autobiography as a literary genre. She is also a fiction writer.

Strong, teaching assistant and doctoral student, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, has taught laboratory classes to undergraduate majors, earth science to sixth graders and physical science to UNM elementary education students. His dissertation research focuses on the climate of New Mexico.

Tetangco, teaching assistant and Master of Fine Arts student, Department of English Language and Literature, She has served as a mentor for incoming English teaching assistants, participated in the Freshmen Learning Community program and taught courses in composition, creative writing and expository writing. She is editor of the Blue Mesa Review and is finishing her first novel.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322