CVM's Newell-Fugate Selected As Montague-Center Scholar
Posted September 25, 2018
Dr. Annie Newell-Fugate, an assistant professor in the
Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP) at the
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM), has been named a 2018-19 Montague-Center for
Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar.
Montague-CTE Scholar awards are given annually to
one tenure-track faculty member from each college based on their
ability and interest in teaching.
"I am proud and honored to present the Montague-CTE award to Dr.
Newell-Fugate for excellence in teaching," said Dr. Eleanor M.
Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “Her
commitment and interest in teaching speaks to her unwavering
dedication to students in the classroom. We commend her as she
joins the elite few who have earned this prestigious award.”
Newell-Fugate, who calls teaching a privilege, said receiving
the award is the highlight of her young teaching career at Texas
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to be in the
esteemed company of so many current and former Montague-CTE
Scholars whose approaches to teaching scholarship I greatly
admire,” she said.
“As one who has taught undergraduate students in my research
laboratory and with large animal models of human disease for 10
years and in the classroom for eight years, I have an intense
passion for undergraduate education,” she said. “Undergraduate
students are enthusiastic, driven, and open-minded learners. Their
dedication to the mastery of knowledge in their chosen discipline
mirrors their commitment to their career goals. It is a privilege
to positively impact this group of students on a daily basis in my
classroom and research laboratory.”
Newell-Fugate joined the VTPP faculty in 2014 and recently began
teaching VTPP 427, “Physiology II,” having previously taught the
biomedical sciences program core course VTPP 423, “Physiology
After teaching the same course for a few years, Newell-Fugate
said the challenge of developing a new course design for VTPP 427
has been a welcome one that has allowed her to extend her
“What I love most about teaching is the ability to develop
critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while fostering a
passion and enthusiasm for integrative physiology in my students.
In the instruction of my students in both a didactic setting and
research laboratory activities, I dovetail basic science within the
context of clinical cases,” she said. “The integration of these
disciplines instills a greater understanding and appreciation of
physiology. Additionally, it is a joy to witness them grow as
students and individuals throughout their time in my course(s) or
As part of her recognition, Newell-Fugate will receive a $6,500
grant to further develop innovative teaching techniques that can be
made available to other faculty members.
With those funds, she plans to create short video tutorials for
each Physiology II class that will highlight each lecture and be
available to students both before and after class; develop
round-table discussions of cases with both medical and veterinary
practitioners that will cover fluid balance in critical patients,
as well as the diagnosis and management of female reproductive
disease(s) and of diabetes mellitus (types I and II); and design
and implement a hands-on laboratory that covers techniques related
to reproductive biology and endocrinology, including an
introduction to the methods utilized to measure hormones in the
discipline of endocrinology.
She believes that innovative teaching is critical to impactful
instruction and begins with communication and passion.
“The classroom is a two-way road with exchange of information
and engagement on the part of the faculty member and the students,”
Newell-Fugate said. “A passion for teaching, the scholarship of
teaching, and for one’s own discipline is essential to the
successful implementation of innovative teaching techniques.
“Students learn more, integrate concepts better, and retain
information longer in classes where innovative and engaging
teaching practices are employed,” she continued. “Several former
undergraduate students in my ‘Physiology I’ course have contacted
me as health professional students to tell me how helpful my course
was as preparation for their professional curriculum. Innovative
teaching better prepares the nation’s next generation of scientists
and health professionals.”
Newell-Fugate earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in
biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina
State University College of Veterinary Medicine; master’s degree in
wildlife reproduction from the University of Pretoria, in the
Republic of South Africa; and doctorate in reproductive physiology
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She said she is thankful for the support she has received as a
young faculty member within the CVM—and especially for the support
she has received from Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
Eleanor Green, VTPP department head Larry Suva, and the CVM
The Montague-CTE Scholars awards are named in honor of Kenneth
Montague ’37, a distinguished alumnus and outstanding trustee of
the Texas A&M Foundation.
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