Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Faculty Honored with Chancellor’s Council Awards

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan recognized the achievements of four Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center faculty members on Jan. 28 with the presentation of the Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards, the Texas Tech University System’s highest awards for faculty teaching and research.

Honorees received a medallion and an award of $5,000 provided by the Chancellor’s Council, which raises funds to support the chancellor’s strategic priorities for the Texas Tech University System and its institutions.

For Duncan, the awards provide a meaningful opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions of faculty across the Texas Tech University System and the impact their teaching and research has on students at their institution.

“In my first months as chancellor when visiting our campuses, one of the first things I noticed was the strength of our faculty, especially here at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” said Duncan.

In total, the Chancellor’s Council honored the contributions of 16 faculty members with this year's Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, including 2 recipients at Angelo State University, 4 recipients at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, and 6 recipients at Texas Tech University.

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recognizing contributions to education and a commitment to teaching, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Awards for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center were presented to Vaughan Lee and Wendy Thal.

Lee is the Dr. Bernell Dalley Endowed Professor in Medical Education and an associate professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He serves as assistant dean for the basic science curriculum and as course director of clinically oriented anatomy.

Recognized by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his work in the classroom, Lee has received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Dean’s Basic Science Teaching Award and multiple Clinically Oriented Anatomy Teaching Awards. He received two bachelor’s degrees and his doctorate from the University of South Alabama.

Thal is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. She also works as a family nurse practitioner at the Larry Combest Community Health & Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care to medically underserved populations.

Internationally recognized as an authority in nursing education and patient care, Thal was instrumental in developing the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s global health initiative. In this role, she served as a faculty mentor, to nursing students providing medical care to underserved populations in Nicaragua. Thal received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science in Nursing from West Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Arizona.

Distinguished Research Awards

Acknowledging their proficient research contributions and significant grant funding, faculty members Sue Ann Lee and Afzal Siddiqui were named this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Recognized worldwide in her field, she investigates speech characteristics in children with and without speech sound disorders and examines speech therapy efficacy using technology such as ultrasound and telepractice. Her research has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the CH Foundation and the South Plains Foundation.

In addition to her research and teaching, Lee currently serves on the editorial boards of two peer-review journals. She received a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in speech pathology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Siddiqui is a Grover E. Murray Professor in the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and director of the Center for Tropical Medicine & Infectious Diseases. His research focuses on developing a vaccine for schistosomiasis, which is a disease transferred through contaminated water that affects more than one billion people in developing countries. His research has received more than $7.4 million in grants, including funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2012, Siddiqui completed the prestigious research and teaching award in Southeast Asia. In addition to training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he received a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Aligarh University in India and his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

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