Collin College Chemistry Professor is 2015 Professor of the Year

Collin College chemistry professor Dr. Amina Khalifa El-Ashmawy was selected as 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).


Dr. El-Ashmawy accepted the award at a Washington, D.C. ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. CASE and Carnegie also honored her at a congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill. In its 35th year, the “Professor of the Year” program is the only national initiative that focuses solely on excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Another Milestone for Collin College

Her achievement marks the 8th Carnegie Professor of the Year recognition for Collin College, a feat that is not matched by any college or university in the state of Texas. The college is now home to four U.S. and four Texas Professors of the Year. Collin College has also won more Carnegie Professor of the Year accolades than Cornell, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Rice, Texas Christian University and The University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. El-Ashmawy’s family moved to the U.S. from Egypt when she was eight so her mother could conduct medical research with a team in Dallas. With double doctorates each, her parents took education very seriously. She 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.

About Collin College

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

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