UHV professors honored for excellence
A trio of University of Houston-Victoria assistant professors were recognized at Saturday's commencement ceremonies.
They were selected by their students and peers for outstanding teaching, research and service.
Jere Hammer, assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, earned the Enron Teaching Excellence Award.
Rupak Rauniar, assistant professor of management and the Partnership Professor of Operation Management in the School of Business Administration, earned the Research and Scholarly Activity Excellence Award.
J. Keith Akins, assistant professor of criminal justice in the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the First Year Academic Experience, earned the Distinguished Faculty Service Award.
Jeffry Moe, co-chair of the 2012-2013 Enron Teaching Excellence Award Committee and a UHV assistant professor of counseling, said the committee appreciated Hammer's diversity of teaching modes and methods as well as her ability to inspire students.
"Students told us that Dr. Hammer has great passion and enthusiasm for nursing education," Moe said. "They also complimented her breadth and depth of professional experience and her ability to prepare them for their professional lives in an effective and student-centered manner."
Since 2010, Rauniar has taught business leadership, organizational change and operations and supply chain management to business students at UHV.
His primary research area is new product development focusing on the automobile industry.
"I look at the entire supply chain process for product development, which begins with conceptualization of the new product and ends up with product launch," Rauniar said.
A UHV assistant professor since 2008, Akins is coordinator of criminal justice graduate studies, and he leads UHV's effort to increase freshman student success.
"I've always tried to serve on at least two or three committees a year," Akins said. "I like to participate in the governing of the university to help keep things working."