Professor Receives Montague-Center Teaching Excellence Award
August 02, 2013
Dr. Waithaka Mwangi (center) are Dr. Linda Logan, professor and
head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (left), and Dr.
Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. Waithaka Mwangi,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
(VTPB) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) was named a Montague Center for Teaching
Excellence Scholar for 2013-14 on Tuesday.
The Montague-Center Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar award has
been given annually since 1991 to one tenure-track faculty member
from each college, based on their early ability and interest in
teaching. Awardees receive a $6,500 grant to encourage further
development of undergraduate teaching excellence.
Mwangi said the grant money will be used to acquire contemporary
computer-based technology and teaching platforms that will enable
him to teach better and to help him acquire new teaching skills and
ideas by attending training that is focused on equipping him to be
more effective in undergraduate teaching.
"In being recognized as the CVM's Montague-CTE Scholar, Dr.
Mwangi has clearly demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the
teaching of immunology to undergraduate students," said Dr. Eleanor
M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "Dr. Mwangi's
students leave well-prepared for the rigors of a professional
curriculum due to his engaging and dynamic teaching methods."
Mwangi has been teaching the undergraduate-level course
Introduction to Immunology since 2007. The
class, mostly taken by biomedical science students, tries to
familiarize the students with the basic features of the immune
system and how it functions.
"Dr. Mwangi is one of the most passionate and inspiring
professors I have ever had class with," said Angela Bordin, who
took the graduate version of Dr. Mwangi's Immunology course.
"Somehow he is able to infuse his students with that passion about
"Dr. Mwangi is an excellent teacher with great knowledge of his
field," said Megha Bijalwan, a former student of Mwangi's. "He
is very approachable and always ready to help."
Other students echoed this sentiment; many noted how much Mwangi
seems to truly care about his students and their education.
"Winning this award means a lot to me. I am a product of great
teachers who captivated my passion for learning," said
Mwangi. "Being selected for this award is a great
encouragement to me, and it has motivated me to put my best efforts
in imparting knowledge to students by guiding them and equipping
them with skills that will help them to take charge of their
"I enjoy imparting knowledge to students to enable them realize
their dreams," Mwangi added. "Motivating students to be
engaged and to love learning is a source of joy and gratification
since educating students is the catalyst that is transforming young
minds to become world-class innovators."
The Montague-CTE Scholars awards are named in honor of Kenneth
Montague, Texas A&M class of '37, a distinguished alumnus and
outstanding trustee of Texas A&M Foundation, who had a long and
storied career in the Texas oil industry. The award is designed to
benefit Aggies who are life-long learners and contributors to their
The object of the Center Teaching Excellence is to stimulate the
development of innovative teaching strategies and technologies at
Texas A&M University and to recognize excellence in teaching
early in a faculty member's career.
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