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12/2/15- Muslim Professor Named 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year

Dr. Amina Khalifa El-Ashmawy, Collin College chemistry professor, was selected the 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Professor of the Year program, now in its 35th year, is the only national initiative that focuses solely on excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

According to Collin College District President Dr. H. Neil Matkin, “Dr. El-Ashmawy is an extraordinary professor who works tirelessly to empower students. With more than 1.5 million professors in the United States, she is literally one-in-a-million and a perfect representative of the quality faculty at Collin College.” She has taught at Collin College for more than 20 years.

Outside of the classroom, she is a published author with multiple journal articles and textbook credits to her name, including a chapter in the upcoming “Sputnik to Smartphones: A Half-Century of Chemical Education. On campus, she chaired the Faculty Council twice, chaired her department, served as the college’s liaison to the State of Texas on college readiness, advises student organizations, publishes and presents regularly, serves on countless task forces and mentors at-risk students. For her dedication to teaching, as well as outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement, Dr. El-Ashmawy was one of 10 Texas professors to be named a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in 2015.

Dr. El-Ashmawy holds an associate degree from Kilgore College, both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Texas.

Source: Collin College News Release.