Thursday, May 3, 2018
  Alumni, Announcements

By Victoria Brito


The following videos will give you a chance to know each honoree and understand why his or her role at UTRGV has been so important.

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By Vicky Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley honored more than 50 faculty members during its annual Faculty Excellence Awards, held Thursday, May 3, in Brownsville.

Seven major awards were given for outstanding achievement in tenured/tenure-track teaching, non-tenured teaching, research, service, student mentoring, community engaged scholarship, and sustainability education.

  • Bin Wang, professor, Information Systems.
    Excellence in Teaching (Tenured/Tenure-Track).
  • Bonnie Gunn, lecturer II, Biology.
    Excellence in Teaching (Non-Tenure Track).
  • Yuanbing Mao, associate professor, Chemistry.
    Excellence in Research.
  • Maria Elena Corbeil, associate professor, Teaching and Learning.
    Excellence in Service.
  • Karen Martirosyan, professor, Physics and Astronomy.
    Excellence in Student Mentoring.
  • Teresa Patricia Feria Arroyo, associate professor, Biology.
    Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship.
  • Amy Hay, associate professor, History.
    Excellence in Sustainability Education

In addition, Dr. Fred Zaidan, chair of the UTRGV Department of Biology, represented his department in accepting the Excellence Award in Faculty Mentoring.

The awards and recognition ceremony was held in the TSC Arts Center theater, where the audience watched individual videos of the seven winners.

The ceremony was followed by a lunch reception in the lobby of the Arts Center.

Additionally, UTRGV recognized more than 50 faculty members for their accomplishments in 2017 in the areas of external awards and honors, book authorship, and major grant recipients.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.