Three honored with faculty fellowships

Faculty Fellowships
University of Houston-Clear Lake announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 University Faculty Fellowships. Seated are the three honorees including Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems T. Andrew Yang, Professor of Accounting Cynthia Heagy and Associate Professor of Anthropology Christine Kovic. Pictured standing behind the recipients are School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz, UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton, School of Business Associate Dean Ed Waller and School of Human Sciences and Humanities Dean Rick Short.

Three University of Houston-Clear Lake professors have been awarded University Faculty Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Those honored include Professor of Accounting Cynthia Heagy, Associate Professor of Anthropology Christine Kovic and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems T. Andrew Yang.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize faculty for their significant contributions to the university,” says UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples. “They have helped to shape our university through their teaching, research and service.”

Heagy’s teaching and research interests are in accounting information systems and cost/managerial accounting. In addition to receiving UHCL’s Distinguished Faculty Award in Research, she has also received the Beta Gamma Sigma’s Outstanding Scholar Award. Heagy has written an accounting information system textbook and has published numerous articles in academic and practitioner journals.

For the past 15 years, Kovic has conducted research on the topics of human rights and religion in Mexico and the U.S. Her previous research on indigenous rights in southern Mexico has been published in “Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas” and “Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope.” Kovic has been conducting interviews with Central American migrants crossing southern Mexico en route to the U.S. on the topic of human rights.

Yang serves as executive director of the university’s Cyber Security Institute. He joined the university in 2002, and his primary research interests include computer security, wireless and mobile computing, networking, performance measurement in computing systems and computer science and computer information systems education. He has received numerous grants for his research, and has published extensively in journals and handbooks.

“We commend all three of these professors for setting an example for our entire faculty,” adds Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton. “Their dedication to this university is admirable.”

Faculty members are nominated by other faculty and academic administrators at the school level. Professor of Communication Ashley Packard, Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science Richard Puzdrowski, Professor of Management Information Systems Naveed Saleem and Associate Professor of Counseling Cheryl Sawyer served in an advisory capacity to Stockton in helping make the recommendations that were then presented to Staples.

Recipients will each receive a $5,000 stipend to be used for educational materials (books, software and equipment) research seed money, travel to conferences, workshops and seminars, and related items. In addition to receiving the stipend, they will each have their names on a plaque located on the first floor of Atrium II of UH-Clear Lake’s Bayou Building. Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit

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