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Sociology assistant professor recognized for teaching excellence

Defne Över from the Department of Sociology has received the Montague-CTE Scholars Award. This recognition is celebrating its 30th year.

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Defne Över

By Sherri MacWillie, Center for Teaching Excellence

The Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) announces this year’s Montague-CTE Scholars, the 30th year that this distinguished honor in teaching excellence has been awarded.

The Montague-CTE Scholars Award is given annually to one tenure-track assistant professor from each college, based on their early success in and passion for teaching undergraduate students. Awardees receive a $6,500 grant to encourage further development of teaching excellence. This award has been granted to more than 279 faculty.

The 2020 scholars are:

Janie Moore, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Alejandro Borges, College of Architecture, Department of Architecture

Daniel Bowen, College of Education & Human Development, Department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development

Matt Pharr, College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Katie Shamberger, College of Geosciences, Department of Oceanography

Defne Över, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology

Jon Stauffer, Mays Business School, Department of Information and Operations Management

Jonathan Sczepanski, College of Science, Department of Chemistry

Sargurunathan Subashchandrabose, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Cassia Bömer Galvao, Galveston Campus, Department of Maritime Administration

The Montague-CTE Scholars Award is named in honor of Kenneth Montague ’37, a distinguished alumnus and outstanding trustee of Texas A&M University Development Foundation, who had a long and storied career in the Texas oil industry. Ken and Judy Montague endowed a generous gift in 1991 to benefit the future “Ken Montagues,” Aggies who are life-long learners and contributors to their communities.

The center continues to work with the Montague family, including Kenneth Montague’s son, Jim, and wife, Vicki, and thanks them for their generous and continued support.

For more information on the Montague-CTE Scholars program, visit the center’s website or contact Sherri MacWillie at

Originally posted on the Texas A&M Today website.