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Center For Teaching Excellence Celebrates Montague Scholars

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Interim Vice President and Executive Vice President Tim Scott

Texas A&M University’s Center for Teaching Excellence celebrated two classes of scholars this week in Bethancourt Hall at the Student Memorial Center. The event honored award winners from 2021-22, along with 2020-21 award winners, who were unable to celebrate last year as a result of Covid-19 social distancing policies.

The Montague-CTE Scholars Award is named in honor of Kenneth Montague ’37, a distinguished alumnus and distinguished trustee of the Texas A&M University Development Foundation, who has had a long and storied career in the Texas oil industry. Ken and Judy Montague gave a gift in 1991 for Aggies who are lifelong learners and contribute to their communities.

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Each year, one assistant professor from each faculty is selected to receive the Montague-CTE Scholars Award, which includes a $6,500 scholarship to encourage further development in teaching in their respective fields. This award has now been awarded to 289 faculty members.

CTE officials said they greatly appreciate the generosity of Jim and Vicki Montague, who continue the legacy of supporting a community of innovative faculty leaders and educators.

Among the distinguished guests, the event was opened by Interim Vice President and Executive Vice President Tim Scott, addressing a crowd of award recipients, guests, deans and department heads.

“The art of teaching is in its renaissance at Texas A&M,” Scott said. “Across campus we have faculty, like our Montague-CTE students, working on course redesigns and innovations that lead to increased student learning and increased performance across the board for all demographics, including first-generation students and historically unrepresented groups who are eligible for the Pell Students.”

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Keynote speaker, Dr. Ashley Saunders, a 2009-10 Montague CTE Researcher and Professor of Cardiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said her award supported the creation of the Mormore Learner Program. This unit, which helps students learn how to hear heart abnormalities in young animals, is currently used not only by Texas A&M, but also by veterinarians in continuing education courses, and other veterinary schools. CTE officials said the significant impact many of the scientists’ projects, innovations, and classroom activities have on learners is extraordinary.

The 2020-2021 scholars are:

Janie McClorkin MoreFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Alejandro BorgesFaculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture

Daniel Bowen College of Education and Human Development, Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

Matt Far College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Katherine ChambergerFaculty of Earth Sciences, Department of Oceanography

bury me moreFaculty of Arts, Department of Sociology

John Stover, Mays College of Business, Department of Information and Operations Management

Jonathan SchibanskiFaculty of Science, Department of Chemistry

Sarguru Subash, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Pathology

Cassia Boomer Galvão, Galveston Campus, Department of Maritime Administration

2021-2022 Scholars (front lr): Quentin Michodel, James Michael Tate, Christina Belanger, Ashley Ross (Lear back): Vicki Montague (acceptable to Sarah McNamara), Theodora Chaspari, Eden Itkal, and Jim Montague.

The 2021-2022 scholars are:

Angel HelmsCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Entomology

James Michael TateFaculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture

Idea Ettekal, College of Education and Human Development, Department of Educational Psychology

Theodora Chaspari, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Christina BelangerFaculty of Earth Sciences, Department of Geology and Geophysics

Sarah McNameraFaculty of Arts, Department of History

Bradford HeverMays College of Business, Accounting Department

Quentin MichodelFaculty of Science, Department of Chemistry

ashley ross, Galveston Campus, Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Sciences

@020-2021 Scholars Front L to R: J. Stauffer, D. Bowen, S. Subash, K. Shamberger, and J. Moore.  Back from left to right: Vicki Montag, A. Borges, de Over, C. Galvão, M Farr, and Jim Montag.

2020-2021 Scholars (Front Front): Jon Stover, Danielle Bowen, Sarguru Subash, Catherine Chamberger and Janie McClurkin Moore. (Back Lear) Vicki Montag, Alejandro Borges, Defne Ophir, Kasia Bomer Galvão, Matt Farr, and Jim Montag.

For more information about the Montague-CTE Scholars Program, visit the center’s website at cte.tamu.edu or email smacwillie@tamu.edu.

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