Tarleton Math Education Team Earns TAMUS Chancellor’s Academy Honor

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Tarleton State University Mathematics Education Team — Melissa Eubank, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Dr. Elizabeth Riggs, Dr. Kathy Smith and Michael Warren — received the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators Award for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Winners were recognized at the Chancellor’s Century Council Annual Banquet Thursday, at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center.

A math education team from Tarleton was recognized with the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators at a ceremony at Texas A&M earlier this month. The team is, top, from left, Dr. Elizabeth Riggs and Dr. Kathy Smith and bottom from left, Melissa Eubank, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and Michael Warren.

The award, first presented in 2011, honors individuals and university teams making exemplary contributions to innovation and continuous improvement in teacher preparation. Each year up to three individuals and three university teams may be inducted into CATE. Two individuals and three teams won the award this year. 

“The mathematics education faculty at Tarleton is dedicated to preparing the best K-12 mathematics teachers in the state,” said Dr. Smith, who heads the Tarleton Department of Mathematics. “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by our university and the Texas A&M System.”

Eubank, a Tarleton faculty member since 2013, is the Director of the Tutoring and Learning Center. 

Dr. Faulkenberry is the interim Dean of the Honors College and an educator at Tarleton since 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in 1996 and her master’s from Oklahoma State University in 2001. She earned a PhD in mathematics education in 2003, also from Oklahoma State.

Dr. Riggs is a two-time Tarleton alumna, graduating with her bachelor’s in 1992 and her master’s in 1995. She earned an EdD in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University in 2003.

Dr. Smith also holds two degrees from Tarleton, her bachelor’s and master’s in education in 1984 and 1990, before earning her PhD in 2000 at Georgia State University.

Warren is a math Assistant Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator. He joined the Tarleton faculty in 2009.

As of 2021, CATE had inducted 87 faculty for individual contributions to teacher preparation.

A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.