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