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Education Professor and Business Professor Receive 2012 Teaching Awards

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    Sherry Adrian

Biology professor receives the 2012 Advising Award

Sherry Adrian, an associate professor of education, and Andy Ross, a visiting instructor of business, have received the 2012 Southwestern University Teaching Awards.

The award was created by the Southwestern faculty in 1999 to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and comes with a $2,000 prize.

Nominations for the award are submitted by students in the spring semester, and recipients are selected by the Honorary Degrees Committee. Adrian received the award for a tenured faculty member and Ross received the award for a non-tenured faculty member. The awards will be presented at the Sept. 25 faculty meeting. 

Adrian has taught at Southwestern since 1993 and currently serves as chair of the Education Department. Most of the classes she teaches focus on special education.

“In all my years, I have never seen a teacher have more love than Dr. Adrian does for her students,” said Paul Burgess, a student who nominated her for the award.

Adrian has a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Ross has been teaching at Southwestern since 2006. He teaches classes in Foundations of Business and Contemporary Issues in Business.

“Professor Ross is an amazing teacher,” said Rachel Nowlain, a student who nominated him for the award. “He not only speaks from experience (from multiple different jobs he had before coming to teach at Southwestern), but he really makes class fun.”

Ross has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA in business administration from Austin College. 

The 2012 Excellence in Academic Advising Award went to Martín Gonzalez, associate professor of biology. This award comes with a $500 prize.

“Dr. Gonzalez has helped me with questions I’ve had about biology that did not relate to any of his classes, which shows he’s genuinely interested in student learning,” said Michelle Moses, a student who nominated Gonzalez for the award. “He is a wealth of information regarding how to prepare to get to medical school, which classes are most relevant, etc. I definitely wouldn’t be as well-educated and ready to take on medical school if it wasn’t for my advisor.”

Gonzalez also won the Southwestern University Teaching Award in 2008 and the 2011-2012 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.