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Supporting Diverse Career Pathways For Humanities PhDs

The university is helping students identify and establish careers where they can put their extensive research-based skills to work, particularly in serving the public interest.

Texas A&M Chemist Karen Wooley Named 2021 SEC Professor Of The Year

Wooley, a University Distinguished Professor and holder of the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry, is Texas A&M’s second recipient of the SEC’s highest faculty honor.

Texas A&M University Names 2021 EDGES Fellows

Thirteen distinguished faculty from across Texas A&M University have been honored as 2021 Chancellor’s Enhancing Development and Generating Excellence in Scholarship (EDGES) Fellows. 

Interim Dean of College of Education and Human Development Announced

I am pleased to announce Dr. Michael A. de Miranda has been named interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development. He was previously appointed as acting dean.

Celebrating Retired Faculty Colleagues

Please take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of Texas A&M University faculty retirees from 2020 and 2021. Retiring during an unprecedented time may have limited the in-person celebration of these colleagues, but it does not diminish our gratitude for their individual and shared contributions to this university. 

Texas A&M Reports First Day Enrollment Totals

Enrollment for fall 2021 at Texas A&M University on the first day of classes totaled 72,982, including an entering freshman class of 12,459 of which 11,464 are part of the main campus.

2021 Global Engagement Grant honorees chosen

Texas A&M University is proud to announce the selected winners of the 2021 Global Engagement Grants program. This year’s call for proposals yielded 17 proposals featuring over 60 faculty from 13 different colleges and schools, as well as branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar. The proposals represented the vast array of research, experiential learning, and global partnerships of Texas A&M University and were reviewed on four elements — Novelty, Quality, Sustainability, and Impact — by both internal and external reviewers. This cohort of proposals, in the fourth year of the program, was the most competitive yet with very small margin of separation between the top 10. 

Faculty Ombuds Officer Chosen

As we start the 2021 fall term, I want to take this opportunity to introduce Dr. John J. Buchanan as the newly selected Faculty Ombuds Officer at the university level. He is a professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and also serves as division chair of Kinesiology.

Texas A&M College of Dentistry Names Interim Dean for Academic Affairs

Today, I am very pleased to share that Dr. Kathy K. Svoboda has been offered and accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2021, upon the retirement of Dr. Paul Dechow.

Appointment of Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Steven Oberhelman on his appointment as interim dean of the Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts. He will assume the duties of this position August 16.

Appointment of Interim Dean, College of Dentistry

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynne Opperman as interim dean of the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.

2021 Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Award Winners Announced

Twelve Texas A&M University Academic Affairs staff members and one staff team are being honored with 2021 Tradition of Excellence Awards. Awardees will be recognized at the 2021 Academic Affairs Division Social and Awards “Lone Star Picnic” Friday, June 11, 2021.

Interim Leader Appointed for Texas A&M Engineering Programs

The following message is sent on behalf of John Sharp, chancellor, The Texas A&M University System, and Dr. Mark Weichold, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Texas A&M University.

Katz Honored with Piper Professor Award

Texas A&M University faculty member Dr. Claire Katz has been named 2020-2021 Piper Professor. Since 1958, the award has been given annually by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to 10 professors for their superior teaching at the college level in the State of Texas. The Piper Professor Award recognizes faculty for outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement and for dedication to the teaching profession. These awards are intended to provide increased recognition of teaching excellence.

Michael T. Stephenson Leaving Texas A&M

Dr. Michael T. Stephenson ’93 is leaving his position as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at Texas A&M University to become Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sam Houston State University. The appointment is effective July 1.

Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Named

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have selected 24 outstanding faculty and staff to be honored with the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Awards. Since 1955 the Distinguished Achievement Awards have been awarded to those who exhibit the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.

Call for Proposals - 2021 Global Engagement Grants

The Global Engagement Grants are meant to create and stimulate innovative multi-collegiate initiatives that incorporate significant international experience for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level. Proposals are due April 15, 2021, and complete details can be found in the attached formal announcement.

Dr. Antonietta Quigg Appointed as Galveston Campus Acting Chief Academic Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Antonietta Quigg, Regents Professor and Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, as the Acting Chief Academic Officer for the Galveston Campus of Texas A&M University.

2021 University Professorships named

Three Texas A&M University faculty were selected for the 2021 University Professorship award. University Professorships recognize faculty who have demonstrated significant and sustained accomplishments in their discipline and who have gained recognition both nationally and internationally. The award also acknowledges a commitment to inclusivity and diversity as well as excellence in teaching and service.

2021 University Distinguished Professors named

Five Texas A&M University scholars have earned the university’s highest faculty honor by being named University Distinguished Professors. The 2021 class of University Distinguished Professors includes faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Amy Waer Named College of Medicine Dean

With the approval of the Texas A&M University System Chancellor, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Waer, M.D., F.A.C.S , as Dean of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Dr. Waer will transition from her duties as interim dean to her new role January 1, 2021.

Texas A&M University to establish a Graduate and Professional School

President Michael K. Young and Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke have approved a proposal to transition the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) into a Graduate and Professional School (GPS), effective January 1, 2021.

VP for Diversity Interim Appointment

We are pleased to inform the campus community that Dr. Annie S. McGowan has been named interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity at Texas A&M University effective December 1. She brings to the Office for Diversity noteworthy leadership experience. Most recently, Dr. McGowan served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Mays Business School, where she holds the Bill and Gina Flores Professorship in Business. She also serves on the university’s Diversity Operations Committee.

Texas A&M Ranks No. 1 Again for Students Abroad

For the fifth consecutive year, the university is the top public institution for the number of students participating in international experiences 

2020 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Award Winners

Chapter 053 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the 2020 cohort of freshman and sophomore Gathright and Dean’s Excellence Award winners!

Koufteros, Moreno-Conteno and Sparks each receive a UPUTE

Three members of the Texas A&M faculty were honored with the University Professorships for
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. The award is conferred upon the most distinguished instructors of
undergraduate students at Texas A&M and underscores their uncommon excellence and devotion to
teaching. Recipients are lauded for their innovations in pedagogy, exploring new teaching methods and
skills for engaging students.

Texas A&M University Announces 2020 Presidential Impact Fellows

Eleven eminent Texas A&M University faculty have been honored among the 2020 Presidential Impact Fellows. The fourth class of Presidential Impact Fellows joins more than 65 colleagues recognized in prior years with one of the most prestigious scholarly impact awards presented to Texas A&M faculty. The award was initiated by President Michael K. Young to recognize rising stars in their respective fields, and those who embody the university’s commitment to advancing knowledge through transformational learning, discovery, innovation and impact for Texas and the world.

A&M’s new learning center houses innovative tech for students

More space for group work, 360-degree projection screens that wrap around classrooms and a multimedia production suite are just a handful of the features that make Texas A&M University’s new Innovative Learning Classroom Building stand out from other areas of campus.

Frank Ashley Receives Educator Hall of Fame Award

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Dean Mark Welsh has announced that Dr. Frank Ashley has been selected as one of four outstanding educators to be inducted into the University of Alabama’s College of Education Hall of Fame in 2021. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the College’s Board of Advisors, and inductees are chosen because of their contributions to the education profession.

2020 Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Award Winners and Presentation

Twelve Texas A&M University Academic Affairs staff members and one staff team are being honored with 2020 Tradition of Excellence Awards. Award presentations will be made by video September 16, 2020, at 3:30 p.m.

Well-Rounded Education

Modern steel design and construction help Texas A&M University’s new 21st Century Classroom Building live up to its name

Texas A&M to randomly test students for coronavirus

More than 5,000 Texas A&M students living both and off the College Station campus have been randomly selected for COVID-19 testing and subsequent contact tracing should a positive result be returned. While the testing is voluntary, Provost Carol Fierke said testing could be mandatory in the future.

Fall 2020 Explanatory Absence Form

As approved by the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate for Fall 2020, students may use the Explanatory Statement for Absence from class in place of a note from their medical provider. The COVID-19 syllabus addendum is located here

Texas A&M University System facility to manufacture potential COVID-19 vaccine

A federal task order reserves, at a $265 million price tag, production capacity at the Texas A&M University System Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing through the end of 2021. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Texas, owns and operates CIADM’s three facilities as a Texas A&M System subcontractor. FUJIFILM is slated to use one of the facilities to manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine candidate of Novavax Inc.

Texas A&M Fall 2020 Course Frequently Asked Questions

Update to the campus community regarding fall courses, new information on face coverings, and enhanced safety procedures for campus

"Prize Patrol" Celebrates Advising Award Recipients

With university events being rescheduled due to COVID-19, representatives from the University Advisors and Counselors executive board and the Office for Student Success organized a “Prize Patrol” and car parade to honor the recipients of the 2020 Advising Awards in place of the annual banquet.

Texas A&M University at Qatar Dean Reappointed

I am pleased to announce that I am reappointing Dr. César Octavio Malavé as dean and chief operating officer of Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). The reappointment is for five years, effective July 1, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2025.

2020 University Professorships Awarded

The award carries the opportunity for honorees to name their professorships for living or deceased faculty members who have been instrumental mentors and influences.

Change in Scheduled Classes for Monday, June 8th in recognition of George Floyd

In recognition of the public viewing for George Floyd on Monday and the Texas A&M University System full-day release of non-essential personnel, all scheduled class activities for Monday, June 8th at Texas A&M University will not be held.

Doctoral Student Conducts International Relations through Coffee

In early 2021, pandemic-permitting, Horticultural Sciences doctoral student Sarah Brinkley will travel to Colombia on a Boren Fellowship to conduct research and advance causes about which she is passionate.

By Rob Dixon, Texas A&M Office of Graduate and Professional Studies

Texas A&M Selected for National Initiative, Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success

Texas A&M University faculty members will be invited to participate in Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success, a strategic initiative aimed to promote quality instruction and student success. This cohort-based program targets core curriculum and gateway courses.

Record Number Of Aggies Earn Diplomas This Spring

Texas A&M University is expected to award a record 10,796 degrees as the Spring 2020 semester comes to a close this week.

Texas A&M Announces 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have selected 24 outstanding members of the university’s faculty and staff to be honored with 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Open Educational Materials Awards Recognize University Faculty

The Texas A&M University Libraries partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to recognize faculty members who promote or contribute to a culture of using open access materials. The SGA Open Educator Award and the SGA Open Education Champion Award, established in 2016, honor faculty members who go above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating use of Open Educational Materials (OEM).

Implementation of Canvas by Summer 2021 to Come in Waves

Texas A&M University has begun implementation of the new Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, and we anticipate it being available for piloting for faculty teaching during the second summer session.

Texas A&M’s Quick Move To Online Courses Deemed A Success

Provost says it will have a long-term transformational effect on teaching.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications

Texas A&M Names New Dean of the School of Public Health

Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke has announced Shawn Gibbs as the incoming dean of the School of Public Health.

Provost Announces Inaugural Academic Professional Track Teaching Awards

The Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will honor 10 outstanding Academic Professional Track (APT) faculty members this month with the inaugural Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Awards. The new award encourages, recognizes, and rewards faculty recipients for exceptional teaching
practices that create meaningful learning experiences for students. It illustrates both the impact of an effective teaching approach and the value of student-centered learning. Recipients of this award will receive a $5,000 cash stipend, generously gifted by the Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, and will hold this award title for life.

Texas A&M Provost Honored With Mildred Cohn Award

The 2020 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry recognizes Texas A&M Provost Dr. Carol A. Fierke’s scholarship, scientific contributions and mentorship.

Agreement Brings Texas A&M and Chambers Of Commerce Together

An agreement between Texas A&M University and Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) will offer the opportunity to credential, train and develop up-and-coming chamber leaders nationwide. 

President Young Names 2019 Presidential Professors

Professors Dr. Paul Busch and Dr. Rick Giardino were recognized for providing transformational learning opportunities to Texas A&M students.

2018 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have selected 24 outstanding members of the school’s faculty and staff to be honored with 2018 Distinguished Achievement Awards.