Hamer named Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar
Posted August 25, 2014
Tiffany-Castiglioni (left) and Dr. Eleanor M. Green (right)
celebrate with Dr. Sarah Hamer (center)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Dr. Sarah Hamer, assistant professor in
the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) at the
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) was named a Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence
Scholar for 2014-15.
The Montague-Center for 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.
With the grant provided by the Montague-CTE Scholars program,
Hamer will develop a new high impact undergraduate course focused
on field and laboratory methods in vector-borne disease ecology.
She will teach the new course with a medical entomologist as a
co-instructor and offer it to undergraduate students in a broad
range of degree programs, including biomedical science and
entomology. This diverse mixture of students should allow a rich
exchange of ideas and experiences. Vector-borne disease will be the
focus because disease-causing organisms transmitted by arthropod
vectors (such as ticks) are a major public health burden that is
increasing due to climate change.
"Dr. Hamer joins a distinguished group of young faculty members
in our college who have been recognized with this honor for their
excellence in teaching," said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B.
King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “We are proud of Dr. Hamer for
her commitment and dedication to providing an excellent learning
environment for students both within our college and from other
programs across the university.”
Hamer teaches the undergraduate-level VIBS course in
introductory epidemiology in the spring semester each year. She
also gives guest lectures in undergraduate classes in a multitude
of disciplines including biology, bioenvironmental sciences, and
wildlife and fisheries science.
“I am very excited for and about the new high impact
undergraduate learning opportunities that will result from the
Montague scholarship being awarded to Dr. Hamer,” said Dr. Evelyn
Tiffany-Castiglioni, department head of VIBS. “Her research
expertise is in vector-borne disease ecology. The new course will
allow undergraduates to participate in hands-on research projects.
As the course is repeated year after year by new cohorts of
students, it will help yield long-term datasets and meaningful
contributions to science. This is a great opportunity for students
and for the college.”
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 the 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
The object of the Center for 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.
For more information about the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our website at
vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook.
Dr. Megan Palsa
Executive Director of Communications, Media and Public
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