Three Faculty Members Receive
West Texas A&M University closed its spring semester with the presentation of the 2009-2010 Faculty Excellence Awards April 30 at the annual Faculty Meeting on campus. Three faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to higher education.
Each of the three recipients received an engraved plaque and a cash stipend.
Dr. Mo Cuevas, assistant professor of social work, received the Excellence in Service Award. Dr. Alex Hunt, associate professor of English, was the recipient of the Intellectual Contributions Award, and Collette Loftin, instructor of nursing, received the Instructional Excellence Award.
Cuevas joined the WTAMU faculty in 2002 and currently serves as the program director for social work. Her myriad of responsibilities include curriculum, scheduling and student learning outcome assessments, Cuevas also advises more than 60 undergraduate students and spends 10 hours a week in the Advising Services helping first-year students with schedules and majors. She also is actively involved with the University of Texas at Arlington/WTAMU joint program and serves on numerous scholarship committees for the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work and various University committees and helps with New Student Orientation.
Hunt, who joined the WTAMU faculty in 2002, saw the publication of two books during 2009. In spring 2009, Hunt published an edited collection on Annie Proulx titled The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism. He also had a book with co-editor Dr. Bonnie Roos, assistant professor of English, accepted by the University of Virginia Press. The book is titled Post-Colonial Green: Ecocritical Politics and World Narratives. In addition to the books, Hunt also had one conference paper, four articles in peer-reviewed journals, one co-authored article in a peer-reviewed journal, one encyclopedia entry and two book reviews.
Loftin joined the WTAMU faculty in 2007 with a willingness to teach any class at any level in the Department of Nursing. She is developing independent study classes to help meet the needs of potential students in obtaining credit hours and helps remediate all levels of students in all classes. She provides a mentorship that shows students she cares about their success.