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Erukhimova, Meer, & Woodward Named for UPUTE



Three members of the Texas A&M faculty were honored with the University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UPUTE). The award is conferred upon the most distinguished instructors of undergraduate students at Texas A&M University.  These professors are not only exceptional classroom teachers, but also are innovators in pedagogy, exploring new teaching methods, and seeking engagement with other educators in pursuit of excellence.  

University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence carry a three-year stipend and a bursary to support teaching and expand opportunities for professional development. Faculty members who are selected for these professorships are expected to be actively involved in faculty development programs for teaching for the duration of their award. 

The 2021 recipients of the University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence are:

Tatiana Erukhimova headshot

Tatiana Erukhimova
Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
College of Science

Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova received her Ph.D. in Physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1999 and joined Texas A&M University in 2001. In the classroom, Erukhimova is known for making sure no student is left behind, by starting each class discussing what the students do know.  Erukhimova organizes annual Physics & Engineering Festivals attended by thousands of visitors. She also developed the Physics Show and has presented it to 28,000 people since 2007. In 2012, she started the innovative program “Discover, Explorer, and Enjoy Physics & Engineering,” which engages students in hands-on teamwork and outreach activities. She is a co-organizer of the Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program, which includes annual summer boarding schools for physics teachers from Texas high schools. Her achievements include being a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, and a Fish Camp Namesake. 

Jonathan Meer Headshot

Jonathan Meer
Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Department of Economics
College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Jonathan Meer received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University before joining Texas A&M in 2009. He spearheaded the creation of an online version of principles of microeconomics that reaches over 2,500 students a year. At the start of the pandemic, he created a video guide to online teaching for large courses that was utilized by faculty around the country. Meer’s achievements include a Fish Camp Namesake and the Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award. He has founded many teaching innovations in the Department of Economics over the last decade, including the Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program that integrates undergraduates intofaculty research. He co-founded the Economics Workshop for High School Counselors to promote Texas A&M at some of the largest feeder high schools. Meer also co-founded the Hispanic Pre-Doctoral Economics Pipeline Conference to create pathways for Hispanic undergraduates to pursue graduate studies in economics. 

Robert “Jay” Woodward Headshot

Robert “Jay” Woodward
Thaman Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Robert “Jay” Woodward, Jr. has been a faculty member at Texas A&M for the last 17 years. A three-time graduate of Texas A&M, Woodward holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He received the first-ever Student Lead Award for Teaching Excellence and was chosen as a namesake for Fish Camp and T-Camp. Woodward was  an inaugural recipient of the Provost APT Teaching Excellence award. He is a pioneer in expanding undergraduate education to campus buildings, countries, and cohorts where it had not been previously. He was chosen to teach in the new 21st century classroom building because of his innovative approach. He redesigned his syllabi to accommodate the needs of students in the AggieACHIEVE program, and he has led study abroad in four different continents. He has been  designated as a College of Education and Human Development  Transforming Lives Faculty Fellow, Fish Camp Namesake, and is a recipient of a Presidential Transformational Teaching Grant.

The full list of University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence is available for viewing here.
Published on 07/05/2021