Faculty Senate Recognizes Teacher Excellence
Print Page Email Page
Bookmark and Share

Campus News


713-213-4286
dmiller@stthom.edu

Back to News Features
<< Return to News Features

Faculty Senate Recognizes Teacher Excellence
8/20/2013

The University of St. Thomas Faculty Senate Awards committee recognized three faculty members for excellence in teaching, research and service for 2012-2013, during Faculty Study Day on Aug. 19.

Dr. Michele Simms, director for faculty excellence, is the recipient of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Excellence in Teaching Award. Simms, a 14-year University employee, has taught courses on business ethics, as well as courses in the Honors program and Catholic Studies program. Her research areas include ethics, business-public health partnerships, sustainability, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

“I am grateful for the opportunity this University has given me to teach in the business school and with colleagues in the Honors Program, Catholic Studies and Women’s Studies,” Simms said. “Teaching is an honorable profession. I am one of many at UST deserving of this award.”

Dr. Chris Evans, associate professor and chair of theology, received the Saint Edith Stein Excellence in Research Award. Evans, who has been with St. Thomas since 2007, teaches introductory theology courses including Teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as upper-level theology courses including Catholic Church: Origin, Structure and Mission. Currently, he is publishing critical editions of the last remaining Latin writings in the corpus of Hildegard of Bingen, who was recently named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI.

“UST has a number of excellent scholars and departments that are highly regarded for their academic accomplishments, so I am truly grateful to receive this award that recognizes my own achievements as a member of the Theology Department,” Evans said.

Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, Director of Catholic Studies, was awarded the Joseph McFadden Excellence in Service Award. Sister Paula Jean has been with the University since 1999 and taught courses for both the Theology Department and the Catholic studies Department. This fall, Sister Paula Jean will begin teaching at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif.

“I am surprised and honored to receive the Tip McFadden award,” Sister Paula Jean said. “Service has been emphasized in my life since my childhood, but most especially in my life as a Franciscan sister of the Eucharist, and then again through the Basilian tradition ay UST. I have been blessed to have been surrounded by people who believe in service and who honor it.”


<< Return

<< Return to News Features

Apply Now

Apply Now 

Start planning for your future at UST with our free application.

Apply now
 

Catholic Identity

Apply Now​ 

Faith is an important component of our Catholic education.

Read more

Featured News

CSB Connects Students with Successful Alumni
2/4/2016

Whether individuals are preparing for future careers or pursuing different positions wi...

University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX - Educating Leaders of Faith and Character
Integrating Faith & Reason
The University of St. Thomas located in Houston, Texas is dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character. UST is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houston’s Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947.
Helpful Links
Contact Us
  University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626
     
  713-522-7911
     
Follow Us
like us on facebook follow us on youtube follow us on twitter see us on instagram follow us on Tumblr follow us on linkedin join us on google plus
Contact Us
  University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626
     
  713-525-3500
     

Follow Us

 

Copyright © 2016 University of St. Thomas.
All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Clery Act | Title IX | Accreditation | Report A Problem | Emergency & Safety | Maps & Directions | Site Map

 

  • like us on facebook
  • follow us on youtube
  • follow us on twitter
  • see us on instagram
  • follow us on Tumblr
  • follow us on linkedin
  • join us on google plus
  • The Summa, Serving the University of St. Thomas since 2008