TSUS Regents Award Winners – 2020

August 32, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I want to share this good news with you.  The Texas State University System (TSUS) Foundation and the TSUS Board of Regents have established award programs to recognize outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The Regents’ Professor Award, one of the two faculty awards, is conferred upon professors who demonstrate excellence and exemplary achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and service.  The Regents’ Teacher Award is given to exceptional teachers for their outstanding performance as educators, contributions to the development of courses, and use of innovative teaching methods.  The Regents’ Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff who excel in their commitment to the university and its mission, job competency, collegiality, duration of service, community involvement, and exceptional achievement.  I am pleased to announce the recipients of the TSUS Regents’ awards for 2020.

The Texas State University System Regents’ Professors

Dr. Duane Knudson

Dr. Duane Knudson, University Distinguished Professor and former chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, is an internationally renowned scholar in biomechanics and kinesiology.  He pioneered the conductive elastomer measurement of hand forces and the etiology and mechanism of epicondylalgia development in tennis.  His expertise was used to serve the United States Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation, Institute of Medicine, Royal Society, and the British Broadcasting Corporation, and led to his development of internationally used instructional resources including the last three revisions of the National Guidelines for Undergraduate Biomechanics.

Dr. Knudson has authored three books translated into eight languages, 22 book chapters, and 113 peer-reviewed articles with a citation index rating above the 90th percentile.  His publications also include more than two dozen articles for professionals and athletes published in sports magazines and websites.  He has received 20 internal and external grants, presented 150 refereed papers and 27 invited talks, and served on four editorial review boards.

Dr. Patricia Shields

Dr. Patricia Shields, University Distinguished Professor, served as director of the accredited Master of Public Administration program for the past 18 years.  She was named a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, one of two professional academies authorized by Congress, a distinction reserved for top academics and practitioners such as cabinet members, undersecretaries, members of congress, and governors.  Dr. Shields’ insight into Jane Addams’ theories of positive peace has been applied to peacekeeping and influenced long-term strategies in the United States Army. 

Dr. Shields is an internationally recognized scholar in three broad areas including pragmatism and public administration, civil-military relations, and women in public administration and policy.  She has served as the editor of Armed Forces & Society, the leading journal in civil-military relations for 18 years, and has published four books, 44 journal articles, 26 book chapters, and 16 book reviews.  Dr. Shields has been recognized with the American Society for Public Administration’s Rita Mae Kelly Research Award for Outstanding Research in Gender Related Issues, the American Society for Public Administration’s Lavern Burchfield Award, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s Leslie Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award. 

The Texas State University System Regents’ Teachers

Dr. Ann Burnette

Dr. Ann Burnette, professor of Communication Studies, was named a Piper Professor for 2020 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation and has received the Southern States Communication Association John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award along with numerous teaching awards at Texas State.  She was also a featured educator in the National Communication Association’s Teachers on Teaching website. 

Dr. Burnette’s scholarship and teaching focus on the ways that public communication is used to define notions of citizenship, democracy, national security, and leadership.  She conveys credibility in the classroom and brings the notions of public dialogue, debate, and democracy to life in ways that prompt students to understand our political world and how communication frames, clarifies, and distorts our understanding of issues.  She has taught a variety of courses, bringing new content to students, and supplementing the curriculum to help students see how communication theory and research extend to all aspects of public life.  She has also mentored numerous master’s students and guided students to publish and present papers in excellent outlets for rhetorical scholarship.

Dr. Celeste Domsch

Dr. Celeste Domsch, associate professor and coordinator of the master’s program in the Department of Communication Disorders, was recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching along with more than 20 additional teaching awards at Texas State.  She has taught 15 different courses and at least 800 students who have earned their master’s or bachelor’s degrees, and expanded their learning opportunities by leading study abroad students to the United Kingdom and Peru.  Through her leadership, the master’s program in Communication Disorders grew in enrollment and diversity, increased student success to near 100 percent on graduation rates and graduates’ national certification exam scores, and climbed from being unranked to 143 in national rankings.

Dr. Domsch believes that excellent teaching begins with delivering value in the classroom every single day and that what she does in the classroom enables her students to engage in meaningful, well-compensated work that improves the lives of children with disabilities.  Through her dedicated instruction and guidance in language disorders, her students have become skillful speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants serving their local communities in Texas and around the country.

Dr. Rachel Romero

Dr. Rachel Romero, senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Dean's Golden Apple, Alpha Chi Favorite Professor award, Office of Veteran Affairs Faculty Recognition, and the John R. Hood Honors Professor of the Year.  Dr. Romero is known as an incredible teacher, mentor, and an innovative presence in the classroom. 

As a Latina scholar, Dr. Romero is of vital importance to first generation and non-traditional students.  By sharing experiences and self-discovery, Dr. Romero stands out as a role model for women and people of color.  Dr. Romero has taught sociology and honors courses.  Additionally, Dr. Romero led directed studies courses, chaired honors thesis projects, directed a master’s thesis, served as a committee member on theses and honors theses, and mentored six students who have presented their work at professional conferences.

The Texas State University System Regents’ Staff Excellence

Dr. Emilio Carranco

Dr. Emilio Carranco serves as director of the Student Health Center and as the Chief Medical Officer for Texas State during all medical scenarios the university has encountered, developing many response plans such as the Pandemic Flu Response Plan in 2007, which has been used by Texas State for all pandemics we have faced such as H1N1, SARs, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Dr. Carranco spearheaded the process for building a state-of-the-art Student Health Center and developing his staff to provide first-rate medical service for students.  He played an integral role in developing the university’s Tobacco-Free Policy and demonstrated exceptional achievement by working with insurance companies to accept insurance from students that lower their cost for special medical services. Dr. Carranco developed the Student Health Clinic on the Round Rock Campus and in collaboration with the Department of Athletics, the Student Health Center-Thorpe Lane, specializing in sports medicine on the San Marcos Campus. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Knudson, Dr. Shields, Dr. Burnette, Dr. Domsch, Dr. Romero, and Dr. Carranco.


Denise M. Trauth