Michael Lauderdale, Ph.D.
Michael Lauderdale, Ph.D.

Professors Michael Lauderdale and Angela Nonaka are recipients of two prestigious, university-wide teaching awards administered by he Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Lauderdale, who is the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Criminal Justice, is the recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s 2016-17 William David Blunk Memorial Professorship.

This award recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding record both in undergraduate teaching and in concern for undergraduates as demonstrated through advising and general guidance given to students. Such concern for students should have occurred within the context of excellent scholarship and high standards of performance.

“Professor Lauderdale has done so much for the School of Social Work both on campus and in Austin. The Longhorn Leaders program and his long involvement with undergraduate students have earned him great respect as an educator. I am grateful for his leadership,” said social work dean Luis H. Zayas.

Nonaka, an assistant professor specializing in sign language and Deaf studies, is one of four recipient of The University of Texas at Austin’s 2016-17 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

This fellowship recognizes faculty members who are actively engaged in the instruction of first-year students. Nonaka teaches one of the School of Undergraduate Studies Signature Courses, which introduce first-year students to the university’s academic community, connect them with distinguished faculty members, and help them develop college-level skills in research, writing, speaking, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential and contemporary.

“Professor Nonaka is a leader in sign language and Deaf culture. She’s also an extraordinarily passionate teacher and someone committed to social justice,” Zayas said.