This award recognizes significant contributions to student learning by part-time teaching faculty. This award is administered through the UNLV Faculty Center.

2022 Recipients

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Xiaoling Hays, Ph.D.
Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures - Chinese

Xiaoling Hays is a Chinese Language Instructor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts. She is passionate about teaching and learning and has always enjoyed educating students ever since she started teaching in China in 1984 and then continued in the US. She shares her abilities with peers through training other Chinese instructors.

Award Packet Available: Yes

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Elizabeth “Hope” Hinchman
School of Nursing

Hope Hinchman is a clinical instructor in the School of Nursing. Her teaching goals are to incite passion in her students and to help them appreciate their individual differences, both of which she believes are necessary to have a rewarding nursing career. Her own passion and enthusiasm has made her highly respected among her students. She reports this award is a team win for the School of Nursing because they have helped her in many ways along her journey.

Award Packet Available: Yes

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Yousif Muradian
Department of Finance

Yousif Muradian is a lecturer in the Department of Finance in the Lee Business School. A CPA by trade, he regards teaching as his most rewarding career and is proud to serve the diverse student population at UNLV. Yousif Muradian has been teaching at UNLV since 2019 teaching finance to all business majors and minors helping promote the importance of financial literacy - regardless of a student's professional aspirations - in today's dynamically changing business world.

Award Packet Available: No

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Hiroko Tadano
Department of World Languages and Cultures - Japanese

Hiroko Tadano is a Japanese lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a Japanese national with an M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages) from Central Connecticut State University. She has taught Japanese at high schools, companies and colleges since 2011. She strives to make the class environment low-stress and friendly where students feel comfortable and motivated to speak Japanese. When teaching Japanese, she always thinks about how she enjoyed studying English as a foreign language.

Award Packet Available: Yes

Past Recipients

Those award recipients who have agreed to share copies of their award packets are indicated in the Award Packet Available column. Please contact the Faculty Center to obtain a copy.

Year Recipient Unit Award Packet Available
2021 Claudia Chiang-Lopez Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies No
2021 Monica Hsu Department of World Languages and Cultures No
2021 Carlos Mata-Alvarez School of Music No
2021 Cynthia Mishlove Department of English Yes
2021 Joanne Ullman Department of Psychology Yes
2020 Jonathan Bradley Department of Political Science No
2020 Sanae El Ibrahimi School of Public Health Yes
2020 Holly O'Brien College of Hospitality Yes
2020 Bin Ruan Department of World Languages and Culture Yes
2020 Steve Salerno Department of Journalism and Media Studies Yes
2019 Gérard Beck Department of World Languages and Cultures No
2019 David Choate School of Life Sciences No
2019 Jesse Fitts Department of Philosophy No
2019 Norma Flores Department of History No
2019 Alena Grewal School of Nursing No

Selection Committee Members, 2022