Seven UTEP Faculty to be Honored for Outstanding Teaching, including a PI for the Cyber-ShARE Visualization Lab

Wed, 2011-08-24

Seven faculty members from The University of Texas at El Paso will be recognized for their commitment to teaching and their ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience in the classroom.

For the third year in a row, UTEP faculty members have been selected to receive The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. The UTEP honorees, who will be recognized at a ceremony Aug. 24 on the UT Austin campus, are Carolyn Mitchell, senior lecturer, Department of Communication; Keith Erekson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of History; Bridget Konter, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences; Larry Lesser, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences; Stacey Sowards, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Communication; Stephen Stafford, Ph.D., professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; and Rachelle Thiewes, professor, Department of Art.
Bridget Konter, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, earned her bachelor’s in physics and astronomy in 1999 from Northern Arizona University and her Ph.D. in Earth science and geophysics from the University of California San Diego. She joined the UTEP faculty in 2008 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in computational geophysics and geology, planetary science and geographic information systems. She spends most of her academic time developing new course materials, working with undergraduate and graduate students on research about how tectonic fault systems on Earth and throughout the solar system deform and move. Among her many achievements at the University include the 2011 College of Science Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching and the 2009 Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Outstanding Research Award. 

“I love teaching students about how exciting Earth science can be. It is an honor to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and I owe a great deal of thanks to the many UTEP students and faculty that have supported me along the way,” she said.