Annual Liberal Arts Honors Program Excellence in Teaching Award 2022
Awarded to Dr. Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri. Department of Anthropology and Sociology.
The Liberal Arts Honors Program is pleased to award its “Excellence in Teaching Award” to Dr. Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri, associate professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. The award, based on nominations from LAHP students graduating in the 2021-22 academic year, is a testament to Professor Núñez-Mchiri’s commitment to her students, challenging, nurturing, and mentoring them as they make their way through their studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Núñez-Mchiri taught a wonderfully challenging course on her research expertise for the Liberal Arts Honors Program and our students found it rewarding and challenging.
In one letter nominating Professor Núñez-Mchiri for this award, a student wrote about the invigorating, enlightening experience of taking a course on Núñez-Mchiri’s specialty, food and culture, offered to Liberal Arts Honors Program students. She concluded her letter by writing, “I want to highlight the fact that she would wake up at five in the morning to cook food for the whole class. Although I have always been grateful for my professors, this made me realize how much work some teachers put into their classes. I really learned to value her time and it made me realize how much I could accomplish with mine. This professor has been critical in helping me achieve my long-term goals. She has believed in me since day one and encouraged me to continue my education even though I am an international student. Although I didn’t help her with her advanced research, the opportunity was always there. There were numerous times when she invited us to tag along and those are the kinds of things you value in a professor.”
The university should be proud of the work that Dr. Núñez-Mchiri has done for its students and the Liberal Arts Honors Program is certainly grateful that Dr. Núñez-Mchiri goes above and beyond expectations in helping students achieve academic success. Congratulations Dr. Núñez-Mchiri!