Three College of Science faculty have been selected to receive the inaugural Honoring Excellence Awards recognizing Texas A&M University faculty and staff for outstanding support of Texas A&M students and their academic success.

Texas A&M mathematicians Angela J. Allen and JoungDong "JD" Kim and Texas A&M biologist Duncan S. MacKenzie are among the first eight recipients recognized today (Wednesday, Feb. 28) with the coveted award at a ceremony and luncheon 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 will be 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. All eight 2018 recipients were nominated by students.

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.

Allen, an instructional assistant professor, joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 2005 as a lecturer after earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics (2001 and 2005, respectively) from Texas A&M. Her teaching specialty is calculus for business majors and she has served as a course coordinator while leading week-in-review, help sessions and recitations throughout her career. In addition to developing comprehensive course websites, Allen also has written a variety of documents in support of university core curriculum requests, along with textbooks, online homework assignments for both the WebAssign and CengageNOW systems, and sections of the department's math placement exam. A 2010 Fish Camp namesake, she has served since 2013 as the faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Paintball Team and is a two-time recipient of the Texas A&M University System Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE). She is a member of the American Mathematical Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Senior National Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Kim, an instructional assistant professor, joined the Texas A&M Mathematics faculty in 2012 as a visiting assistant professor after receiving his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and statistics from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2012. He previously earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Pusan National University in the Republic of Korea (2005 and 2007, respectively). Kim's teaching concentration also is calculus, but for engineering majors as well as business. He also teaches differential equations and precalculus. Kim has served since 2017 as program coordinator for Texas A&M Mathematics' National Science Foundation-funded Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP) and also has coordinated a variety of projects, from courses and week-in-review sessions to an immersive faculty-led supplemental instruction (FLSI) pilot project in 2016 involving complementary engineering calculus and engineering physics courses. He is a Texas Section Project NexT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow and a member of the Mathematical Association of America, Korean Mathematical Society and Korean Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

MacKenzie, an associate professor of biology, joined the Texas A&M Department of Biology in 1983 as an assistant professor after earning his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He served five years as the department's graduate advisor (1993-1998) but has since spent more than two decades carving out his niche in undergraduate education and research. In addition to being Texas A&M Biology's longtime associate director for undergraduate research, he is director of the Biology Honors Program, which began in fall 2016. MacKenzie also serves as co-chair of the Graduate Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Degree Program. His own research interests revolve around endocrinology -- specifically, thyroid function and regulation in red fish and other commercially important fish species, which he's been studying since 1995. Also an equally respected educator among both students and peers, MacKenzie is a two-time recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching (2002 and 1989).

To see a complete list of 2018 winners and find additional information about the nomination and review process, visit Texas A&M Residence Life's website.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Residence Life's Academic Support Initiatives, (979) 458-0343 or academics@housing.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Angela J. Allen

  • JoungDong "JD" Kim

  • Duncan S. MacKenzie

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