Chancellor’s Council Honors Top Educator, Reseacher at Angelo State University
Recognizing high achievement in education and research, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan named the Angelo State University recipients of the Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards at during a campus ceremony on Jan. 27.
“It is truly exciting to be able to present our dedicated faculty members with these honors,” said Duncan. “The accomplishments of these faculty members and the impact they leave on their students make them a vital asset to our team.”
The annual awards are the highest faculty honors given by the Texas Tech University System and are awarded for achievement in teaching and research. Recipients receive a commemorative medallion that feature’s the system’s seal as well as a $5,000 award. The awards are provided by the Chancellor’s Council, which raises funds to support the strategic priorities of the chancellor and the Texas Tech University System.
This year, the Chancellor’s Council honored the contributions of 16 faculty members across the Texas Tech University System with the Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, including 4 recipients at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4 recipients at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, and 6 recipients at Texas Tech University.
Distinguished Teaching Award
The Distinguished Teaching Award for Angelo State University was presented to Charles Dimminie, an adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics. Known to his students as a mentor that cultivates a balanced learning environment of teaching, research and creativity, Dimminie is active in research and academic service within his department and makes numerous presentations as part of the mathematics department’s seminar series.
“The accomplishments of these faculty members and the impact they leave on their students make them a vital asset to our team.”
Dimminie has been a part of the Angelo State faculty for almost two decades and has more than 45 years of experience in higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Bonaventure University in New York and both a master’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State University.
Distinguished Research Award
The Distinguished Research Award for Angelo State University was given to Lorlee Branham, an associate professor in the Department of Agriculture. An active researcher, she has secured more than $475,000 in internal and external research funding in the areas of food safety, food-borne pathogens and food safety education and outreach.
Branham was instrumental in the development of the bachelor’s degree in food and animal science and marketing at Angelo State University, which includes a significant undergraduate research component in its curriculum. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Angelo State University and her doctorate in animal science-food safety from Texas Tech University.
“Angelo State is helping expand the footprint of the TTU System in Texas, and it is the dedication and impact of individuals like Dr. Dimminie and Dr. Branham who are furthering that mission,” said Duncan.