Dr. Patricia Goodson, professor of health and kinesiology and director of POWER (Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research) Services in the College of Education and Human Development, has been named a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University.
The award was established in 2003 by former Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates to highlight the importance of teaching at a major research university. Each spring, two professors receive the award, which comes with a $25,000 stipend and the title of “Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence”.
“It feels overwhelming and humbling, at the same time. But, no doubt, the award also is a strong motivator to keep on aiming for excellence and learning from each experience. I am honored and very grateful to the Center for Teaching Excellence for having nominated me for the award,” Dr. Goodson said.
Dr. Goodson is the first professor from the College of Education & Human Development to receive this award. She was honored along with Dr. Harold P. Boas, professor of mathematics.
Students, faculty members and deans in each of the university’s colleges make nominations for the Presidential Professor awards. Faculty Senate representatives review each nomination and narrow the list that is sent to the president for the final selections.