Faculty of the Year Award

The Division of Academic Affairs recognizes the extraordinary contributions and quality service of faculty members supporting the mission of the South Texas College. The Faculty of the Year award honors faculty who are committed to student success and teaching effectiveness; provide college service and leadership; are engaged in professional activities; are involved in community service, and who have demonstrated commitment to creating a college going culture. The faculty member is recognized during the Fall Academic Affairs Convocation.

2017 Faculty of the Year

Reynaldo SanchezReynaldo Sanchez III began as a full-time faculty member at South Texas College in 1999 and currently serves as the Program Chair overseeing the Design & Building Technology Department, composed of the Construction Supervision, Electrician Technology, and the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs.

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After graduating from the Texas A&M-Kingsville, Mr. Sanchez worked for Ashley Humphries and Sanchez Architects before accepting a teaching position at Alamo Middle School in Midland, Texas. In Midland, he reconfigured the traditional “wood” shop class into a high tech teaching lab composed of Robotics, Lasers, CAD/CAM, and Communication Technology modules, a one of a kind teaching lab in the Midland/Odessa area.

Mr. Sanchez has a passion for mentoring young people and encouraging community involvement. Through unique partnerships, he has developed a very unique service learning component to the Construction/ELPT
programs by partnering with Habitat for Humanity. Students complete practicum experiences and labs for their courses by working at the Habitat job sites. This partnership benefits Habitat by reducing the costs of skilled labor and by providing additional supervision of volunteers at the worksites. This activity has also generated a strong sense of community service in the students, many of whom volunteer with Habitat and other organizations beyond what is required for their coursework lab components. Moreover, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, RGV.

As a result of his dedication, Mr. Sanchez was recognized for his community service efforts by the RGV Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the Zebby Award in 2014.

In addition to his work community service work in the Construction industry, Mr. Sanchez routinely speaks to migrant students at several middle schools and high schools in the Rio Grande Valley, encouraging them to achieve their goal of attending and completing college. Mr. Sanchez shares his personal story of being a migrant student who persevered to complete college to emphasize the importance of parental support, and the hopes and dreams that parents hold for their children.

Previous Awardees

2016 Delia Magdaleno World Languages
2015 Rachael Brown Art
2014 Rene Zuniga Education
2013 *
2012 *
2011 Victor Gomez, Jr. History
2010 Dr. Mehrzad Mahmoudian Geller Biology
2009 Paul Wendland Culinary Arts
2008 Adalia Reyna Developmental Reading
2007 Charles M. Robinson History
2006 Ludivina Avila Chemistry
2005 Mohammad Kazerani Mathematics
2004 Jayaprakash Ramanujam Economics
2003 Dr. Morteza Abbassi Biology
2002 Dr. Michael Bagley - Engineering

*faculty of the year award undergoing redesign process

2017 eFaculty of the Year

Cynthia SanchezAssistant Professor Cynthia G. Sanchez, CPA, has worked 10 years for South Texas College and has taught nine (9) years online. She is fully committed to students’ success both on an academic and career level. She intentionally designs online courses that are student-centered and engaging. Assistant Professor Sanchez is a strong advocate of Quality Matters and has chosen to take her continuous improvement journey in developing course. Currently, she is a Certified QM Peer Reviewer.

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Assistant Professor Sanchez heightens student engagement with quality content and authentic activities that connect real-world relevance and knowledge. She designs course rich in opportunities for student to engage with content, with her, and with each other. Through online technology, her online courses contain diverse activities such as virtual rooms, personalized videos, discussions, group work, case studies, and collaborative problem-solving opportunities. Her online resources are relevant and present a variety of viewpoints and meet different learning styles. Assistant Professor Sanchez feels collaboration is essential and designs courses that are seamless. For group assignments, students are emerged in technology tools such as collaboration rooms, wikis, blogs, journals, and others tools. She knows that course design plays a major role in
student success. Therefore, her intentional online design and layout are inviting with clear and consistent structure. Each module has the same structure so that material, assignments, collaborative opportunities, are always found in the same location.

Assistant Professor Sanchez is a reflective online course designer and continues to improve her courses each semester. She understands, firsthand, that there is no perfect online course and student needs and engagement levels change over time. Therefore, she continuously evaluates her course resources, activities, approaches, design-layout, and technologies and modifies courses each semester.

Assistant Professor Sanchez goal is to continuously improve her online environment that enhances student learning, achievement, and experiences.

Previous Awardees

2016 Darci Cather English
2015 Richard Lubben Art
2014 Robert Sean Kennedy History
2013 Tom Matthews Art
2012 Pablo Cortez Dev. Math
2011 Dawn Taylor Speech
2010 Rogelio Escaname Criminal Justice
2009 Max Abbassi Biology
2008 Debra Wyatt Speech
2007 Becky Jones Art
2006 Jessica Schnee English