EDINBURG — Dr. Elena M. Bastida, chair of the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas-Pan American, has received this year’s Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award at UTPA.
Bastida was recently presented with a $1,500 check by President Miguel A. Nevarez and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rodolfo Arevalo.
“All you have to do is talk to her students to know just how good of an instructor and researcher she is,” Nevarez said of Bastida. “She is one of the special faculty members who are being recognized at each UT System institution for their research and teaching skills.”
According to Nevarez, Bastida was a key player in recently bringing a $1.4 million grant to UTPA to conduct a health study on Hidalgo county’s elderly population.
“It feels really great getting this kind of recognition,” Bastida said. “I feel very honored because it is my understanding that there was a record number of voters this year. It feels really good, as well as very humbling, to be recognized by my colleagues.”
Nevarez said the candidates selected for the Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award were chosen by the faculty members of each institution.
“This award is the highest recognition a faculty member can receive from his or her colleagues,” Nevarez said.