Outstanding Faculty Awards

Twelve Baylor faculty members were honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship and contributions to the academic community for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize the best all-around faculty, including tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty.

Selection is based on teaching capabilities, research achievement, effective committee service, time spent with students, and civic and church involvement. The designation represents a significant honor for Baylor faculty since the recognition comes from their colleagues. Each honoree receives a citation and recognition by his or her department and a $2,500 honorarium.

Outstanding Faculty

Teaching (tenured)

Keith Schubert, Ph.D., professor, electrical and computer engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science

Keith Schubert

Mark Long, Ph.D. ’01, associate professor and director of Middle East studies, Honors College

Mark Long

Julie Anne Sweet, Ph.D., professor of history, College of Arts & Sciences

Julie Anne Sweet

Teaching (tenure-track)

Lakia Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor, curriculum and instruction, School of Education

Lakia Scott

Teaching (non-tenure-track)

Elon Terrell, Ph.D., senior lecturer, mechanical engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science

Elon Terrell

Laila Sanguras, Ph.D., lecturer, curriculum and instruction, School of Education

Laila Sanguras

Yuko Prefume, B.A. ’04, B.S.Ed. ’06, Ed.D. ’15, senior lecturer, Japanese, College of Arts & Sciences

Yuko Prefume

Scholarship (tenured)

Stephen McClain, Ph.D., professor, mechanical engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science


Robert Miner, Ph.D., professor, Great Texts, Honors College


Daniel Romo, Ph.D., Schotts Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences


Scholarship (tenure-track)

Stephanie Gerow, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational psychology, School of Education


Significant Contributions to the Academic Community

Randall Bradley, D.M.A., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Music, professor of church music, director of the church music program and the Center for Christian Music Studies, School of Music

Props to Top Profs

Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year

Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D.

Mia Moody-Ramirez

Named for a 1918 graduate and revered teacher who served as chair of the biology department and as a contributor to the campus intellectual community. Moody-Ramirez, M.S.Ed. ’98, M.A. ’01, is professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Collins Outstanding Professor Award

Paul Zinke, Ph.D.


Provided by the Carr P. Collins Foundation, which recognizes and honors outstanding Baylor teachers. Selected annually by Baylor’s senior class. Zinke is senior lecturer in chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Centennial Professor Awards

Michael-John DePalma, Ph.D.


Lesley McAllister, Ph.D.


Created by the Baylor Class of 1945 and honors two tenured faculty members with $5,000 for research projects that facilitate a faculty member’s development and contribute to the University’s academic life. DePalma is associate professor of English and coordinator of the professional writing and rhetoric program in the College of Arts & Sciences. McAllister is professor of piano and director of piano pedagogy in the School of Music.