Two Department of Chemistry faculty have been selected to receive 2019 Honoring Excellence Awards recognizing Texas A&M University faculty and staff for outstanding support of Texas A&M students and their academic success.
First Year Chemistry Program members Dr. Daniel Collins and Dr. Joanna Goodey Pellois are among the eight recipients who will be recognized with the coveted award at a ceremony and luncheon set for Friday, Feb. 1, in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Ballroom.
Coordinated by the Texas A&M Department of Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs, the Honoring Excellence Awards are presented each year to up to eight outstanding faculty and staff members who go above and beyond — both inside and outside the classroom and their positions — to promote student learning and academic success. The awards are underwritten by C.C. Creations USA. Winners are presented with their awards by their respective nominating students. The event also recognizes academic peer mentors and on-campus students who achieved Distinguished Student status under Student Rule 11.
Recipients are recognized for their strong interest in overall student development and academic success. A selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff members reviewed all nominations, paying special consideration to candidates who contribute beyond occupational requirements through guidance, leadership and personal interest to enhance students’ academic experiences at Texas A&M; maintain direct student contact and are role models; serve as advocates for students and student issues; recognize the uniqueness of every student; and show a commitment to students’ wellbeing, especially related to academics.
“The nominees received one of the greatest honors they could,” said Chareny Rydl, executive director of Residence Life. “They are being recognized by the students they serve. It is a great honor when students write on your behalf at the end of a busy semester.”
Collins joined the Texas A&M Chemistry faculty in 2015 as a lecturer after earning his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and subsequent teaching stints at South Carolina (2012-2013) and Florida State University (2013-2015). In addition to introductory chemistry, his teaching specialty is chemistry for engineers. He has also helped to implement two assistance tools: the chemistry reinforcement module targeted to help incoming students prior to enrolling at Texas A&M as well as first year program recitations aimed at improving the first-year experience for both science and non-science majors. In addition to serving as a judge for the Texas A&M Junior Regional Science Bowl and the mole mascot for the annual Texas A&M Chemistry Open House, Collins is an appointed member of the Aggie Honor Council, University Discipline Appeals Panel, and Texas A&M Faculty Senate.
Goodey Pellois, who received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Houston in 2001, joined the Texas A&M Chemistry faculty in 2006 and is involved in both the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Her undergraduate courses in general chemistry use current chemical research to emphasize chemistry’s overall relevance while also reinforcing the problem-solving skills required of all scientists. In addition to developing the second-semester laboratory curriculum centered around the chemistry of the Texas environment, Goodey Pellois teaches a senior seminar course focused on effective science communication in both scientific and public realms. She also serves as the department’s associate graduate advisor, helping to coordinate recruiting and advising while teaching a graduate-level course on ethics in science.
Three Texas A&M Science faculty — mathematicians Angela J. Allen and JD Kim and biologist Duncan S. MacKenzie — were among the eight inaugural Honoring Excellence Award recipients in 2018.
To see a complete list of 2019 winners and find additional information about the nomination and review process, visit Texas A&M Residence Life’s website.