Faculty Honored with Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards

Faculty Honored with Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards

TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., left, Justin Wright, M.D., Dale Quest, Ph.D. and TTU System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan.

Last week, Texas Tech University (TTU) System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan presented two outstanding teaching awards to esteemed faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Named the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Faculty Awards, the awards recognize excellence in academics and research, and represent the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the TTU System.

Dale Quest, Ph.D., and Justin Wright, M.D., were recognized for teaching excellence at TTUHSC El Paso, each receiving a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion from the chancellor.

Quest, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Education, relocated from Canada in 2008 and is one of the founding members of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). He credits the teaching successes and awards that he has earned throughout his career at TTUHSC El Paso to constructive critique from students, faculty development programs and mentors, as well as the institution’s culture of teaching effectiveness.

Quest received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Pharmacology from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

Dr. Wright is an assistant professor in the PLFSOM’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is currently the program director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship.His teaching interests include musculoskeletal exam skills, concussion management and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Wright is known for the innovative curricula he uses to teach these disciplines to students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Wright graduated from the TTUHSC School of Medicine in 2006.

Only 15 faculty members in total were recognized by the chancellor with these awards; they are employed throughout the system’s four component institutions.

“It is an honor to present these talented and dedicated faculty members with these awards,” Chancellor Duncan said. “I am grateful for the commitment to excellence that each of these individuals has made to not only our institutions, but to the lives of the students they impact on a daily basis.”

The awards are made possible by the Chancellor’s Council, which has recognized top teaching and research faculty across the TTU System since 2001. In 2008, Angelo State University was added to the tradition, and in 2013, TTUHSC El Paso was added.

Since 2001, the Chancellor’s Council has provided 151 faculty honors (77 for research; 72 for teaching; two for commercialization), with a collective $965,000 awarded to the recipients.

The Chancellor’s Council, formerly the President’s Council, was originally established in 1967 as the President’s Council to recognize donors who contributed to TTU’s highest achievements. Following the establishment of the TTU System, the program was renamed and expanded in 1996. Today, the Chancellor’s Council — which just celebrated its 50th anniversary — continues to play an integral role in creating opportunities for all four universities.

Among its many award areas, the Chancellor’s Council funds student scholarships, faculty awards and the recruitment of top scholars.