US-based Kenyan scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Wachira, was last year honored by Texas A&M University.
Dr. Wachira was among 15 outstanding faculty members who were recognized by the A&M-Commerce Faculty Senate and the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.
They were feted during the second annual Dr. Augustine “Chuck” Arize Junior Faculty Award Ceremony oin October.
The Junior Faculty Award recognizes faculty members from A&M-Commerce who show professional excellence.
Nominees for the award are picked by department heads or deans based on exceptional teaching evaluations, research, publications, among other considerations.
Besides being a faculty member of Texas A&M University, Dr. Wachira is a youth director at her church, Rhema Gospel Church in Texas.
Speakers at the virtual event included A&M University President Dr. Mark Rudin, Dr. Julia Ballenger (Faculty Senate president), Trelandra Duffey (musician), and Dr. John Humphreys (provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs) as well as Dr. Alberto Ruiz (vice-president of Academic Affairs, University of Louisiana-Monroe), and Dr. Augustine “Chuck” Arize.
Dr Wachira is a sister to Dr David Wachira Waigwa (PhD) who works for the World Bank in Washington DC, and a daughter to Rev and Mrs Waigwa Wachira of Texas. The father is the presiding pastor of Rhema Gospel Church in Texas.