• The median first-year earnings of TWU bachelor's degree graduates are the second highest among Texas public universities. (College Measures, 2013)
  • U.S. News and World Report magazine ranks TWU in the top three in the state and the top 10 nationally among universities with the most diverse student populations. (2016 Best Colleges issue)
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks TWU’s library and information studies and occupational and physical therapy programs among the nation’s best. (2016 Best Graduate Schools issue)
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks TWU’s graduate program in occupational therapy 15th nationally. (2016 Best Graduate Schools issue)
  • TWU’s physical therapy program is ranked 27th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. (2016 Best Graduate Schools issue)
  • ranks TWU among the top 10 fashion schools in the Southwest. (2014)
  • Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus ranks third in the state and 58th out of 1,380 libraries in the United States by Niche, one of the largest content startups in the country. (2014)
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks TWU’s Hispanic enrollment increase (244 percent from 2000-2013) the eighth-highest enrollment growth percentage among universities in Texas and more than double the statewide growth in Hispanic enrollment. (Fall 2013)


  • Eighty-four percent of TWU baccalaureate graduates are employed in Texas or enrolled in a Texas graduate program within one year, higher than the state average. (2013)
  • Seventy-six percent of students who complete a graduate degree at TWU are working within one year of graduation. (2013)
  • TWU is among the nation’s leading providers of nurses and other healthcare professionals. (2012)
  • TWU’s occupational therapy program is among the top producers of occupational therapists in the nation. (2013)
  • TWU produces more speech language pathologists than any other program in the state. (2013)
  • TWU produces more teachers of the deaf than any other program in the state. (2013)
  • TWU is one of six regional SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Centers in the country. SENCER is a comprehensive faculty development and science education reform project funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • TWU nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the 2014 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) was 91 percent, well above the national and state averages. (Texas Board of Nursing)
  • TWU Honors Scholars hold more than 180 local, regional, national and TWU scholarships.
  • TWU has transformed its campuses with more than $130 million in new and renovated facilities, including the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, the Redbud Theater Complex, the Ann Stuart Science Complex and the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and the TWU Fitness and Recreation Center.
  • TWU’s Fitness and Recreation Center is the state’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified recreation center at a public university. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the fitness center a LEED Silver certification for its environmental design, making the facility one of the nation’s top “green” buildings. (2013)
  • The TWU Fitness and Recreation Center received the 2013 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association for its building design and services that enhance the overall student experience.
  • TWU's single-stream recycling program, introduced on the Denton campus in January 2010, decreased the amount of materials sent to the landfill by approximately 25 percent. Among other "greening" initiatives, TWU is reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing 40 percent wind energy on its Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses.
  • TWU's Holiday Gift Program for students who have children received the 2013 Outstanding Collaboration Award from the American College Personnel Association. Each year, the program provides gifts to approximately 200 children of qualifying TWU students at the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses.
  • TWU prepares approximately 350 new teachers each year. TWU students typically achieve an overall pass rate of 96 percent on state teacher certification examinations. (2015)
  • TWU awards more than $15 million in scholarships annually.
  • TWU currently holds the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Research University, which means the university awards at least 20 research doctoral degrees a year.
  • TWU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.


  • Landon Dickerson, a biology major, was the first male elected TWU student body president. (2014)
  • TWU implements the state's first TeachLivE™ lab, a computer-simulated classroom developed at the University of Central Florida.  The interactive lab allows teacher candidates to practice their skills on "student" avatars controlled by human trainers. (2014)
  • The TWU Concert Choir made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005, performing with the National Women’s Festival Chorus. TWU’s choir was the only one asked to perform alone at the festival.
  • The TWU Drama Program debuted “The Long March” at New York City’s Greenwich Street Theater in 2006 in collaboration with the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
  • TWU offers the only Ph.D. in physical therapy in Texas and one of only five in the nation.
  • TWU’s occupational therapy program is one of only three in the United States to offer a Ph.D., the most rigorous degree in the field. (2013)
  • TWU’s doctoral program in nursing was the first of its kind in the Southwest.
  • TWU’s Ph.D. in dance is the oldest continuing doctoral program in dance in the United States and one of only three Ph.D. programs nationwide.
  • TWU offers the only undergraduate degree program in culinary science and food service management in Texas.
  • TWU researchers were the first to document bone loss in space in a project with NASA. Today, the TWU Institute for Women’s Health has the world’s largest database of osteoporosis imagery/scans.
  • In 1999, TWU became the first university in the state to offer a distance education doctoral program -- the Ph.D. in nursing science.
  • In 2010, TWU became the first university in Texas to offer a Ph.D. in women’s studies. TWU was the first university in Texas to offer a freestanding master of arts degree in women’s studies (1999).
  • TWU became the first public university in Texas to offer a specialist degree in September 2006.
  • TWU was the first higher education institution in Texas to offer a degree in music.
  • TWU’s Fine Arts Building was the first facility in Texas designed and built specifically to house programs in the studio arts.
  • In 1956, TWU opened the first building in the nation dedicated to library science instruction.
  • TWU offered the first bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in Texas.


  • Dr. Judith McFarlane, holder of the Parry Chair in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention on TWU’s Houston campus, conducts research on the health effects of violence against women and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent further violence. Her findings on the abuse of pregnant women and its connection with low birthweight have been used by clinicians in the United States and abroad to set standards of care for pregnant women.
  • The Nursing with EASE (Eating, Activity and Self Esteem) Project is a research study designed to assess the effectiveness of a nutrition walking and health coaching program in a group of pre-nursing students. Dr. Nancy DiMarco (nutrition and food sciences) and Dr. Gayle Roux (nursing) are the principal investigators for the project.
  • The TWU Stroke Center-Dallas conducts cutting-edge research in neuropharmacologic therapy. Ongoing studies combine drugs with behavioral treatment to enhance the brain’s ability to recover from stroke.


  • The Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at TWU's Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center is using more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prepare new advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).  (2013)
  • Dr. Judith McFarlane (nursing, Houston) is using a $1.75 million grant from the Houston Endowment to continue her study on the effectiveness of Houston-area shelters and civil protection orders in helping abused women and children transition into safety. (2013
  • TWU was awarded more than $700,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to use for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a nursing degree. (2013)
  • Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas (teacher education) is using a $1.6 million grant from the U.S Department of Education’s National Professional Development Program in the Office of English Language Acquisition to improve the literacy and language skills of English language learners in rural north Texas schools. Project SMARTTTEL (Science and Mathematics for All: Rural Teacher Training through Technology for English Learners) is a five-year project designed to develop, implement and evaluate an online professional development program for math and science teachers. (2012)
  • The TWU School of Library and Information Studies is one of 32 library organizations in the nation and one of four in Texas to receive a 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). TWU received a $469,999 grant from the IMLS. The university and its partners – the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the Dallas Public Library – are providing $273,037 in in-kind services for a total of $743,036 to establish the Literacy Matters: Educating Librarians to Serve Families with Young Children project. Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng and Dr. Maria Cahill are co-principal investigators for the project. (2012)
  • TWU received a $599,863 National Science Foundation grant to use for scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. (2012)
  • TWU is one of only two universities in the nation to receive a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) grant. The $452,532 grant will be distributed over five years and will be used to develop and support a new Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. (2012)


  • A business plan created by six TWU Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) students won second place in the 2014 Small Business Institute's® Graduate Business Plan competition.  The students were Eli Gonzalez, Sayi Prasad Gottumukkala, Annie Mobombo Hamuli, Kristen James, Hubert I. Obazei and Olayemi Omotoso.
  • Ryan Pontiff, a 2014 Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate, presented his research at the 2014 National Conference for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, whose membership includes academics and health care professionals who work in preventative and public health.
  • David Caltrider, a National Science Foundation Scholar and 2013 business administration graduate, presented his research at the 2013 Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. 
  • Riza Mauricio, a 2013 nursing graduate, presented her dissertation research on the comfort of adolescents being treated for metastatic cancer at the 2013 International Nursing Research Congress.
  • Molecular biology students Remya Veettil, Sumod Sebastian and Jairus Reddy, and occupational therapy student Jordan McConnell, presented their research at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience Conference.
  • Jennifer Mootz, a counseling psychology doctoral student, was one of only five recipients of the American Psychological Association's 2013 International Student Research Award.
  • Yvonne Stephenson, a 2013 Master of Library Science graduate, was named a 2013 American Library Association Emerging Leader.
  • Crystal Westbrook, a 2013 interdisciplinary studies graduate, was named a 2013 Exemplary Teacher Candidate by the Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation in Texas Project.
  • Reanae McNeal, a women's studies master's student, was one of 10 graduate students in the U.S. to receive the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication Scholars for the Dream Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Jo Contreras, a senior biology major, was among a select few undergraduate students chosen to present research at the 2013 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the nation's largest professional conference for minority students to pursue advance training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • A dance/mobility chair designed by Merry Lynn Morris, a doctoral student in dance, was among only 20 inventions selected for the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2013 Innovation Expo. The specialized wheelchair allows disabled dancers to move more freely.
  • TWU fashion students have held prestigious internships with the Paris American Academy in France, “O, The Oprah Magazine,” Bergdorf Goodman, Betsey Johnson, CeCe Feinberg PR, Natori, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other national and international companies.


National Office

  • Dr. Ann Medley (physical therapy, Dallas) is secretary of the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  (Term ends in Feb. 2017)
  • Dr. Ronald S. Palomares (psychology and philosophy) was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the Trainers of School Psychologists, a national association committed to innovation and excellence in graduate training programs for specialist and doctoral school psychologists. (2014)
  • Dr. Phyllis Bridges (English) serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Mass Communications and Journalism. (2013)
  • Dr. DiAnna Hynds (biology) was elected to a four-year term on the Council of the American Society for Neurochemistry. The 2,000-member organization advances and promotes cellular and molecular neuroscience knowledge. (2013)

State Office

  • Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley (nursing, Denton) was appointed to the Texas Health and Human Services Task Force on Domestic Violence. (2013)
  • Martha Rew (nutrition and food sciences) is president-elect of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND).  She will serve as president in 2015-2016.
  • Dr. Ronald Davis (kinesiology) is the Texas State Coordinator of Adapted Sports for the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP). He develops school-based sports programs for students with disabilities in coordination with the Texas high school scholastic sports. (2013)

National Awards

  • Susan kae Grant (visual arts) was named the Society for Photographic Education's 2014 Honored Educator, the national organization's highest mark of distinction.
  • Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng (library science) received the Association for Library and Information Science Education's 2014 Award for Professional Contributions to Library and Information Science Education.
  • Dr. Sylvia Vardell (library science) received the 2014 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.
  • Dr. Peggy Gleeson (physical therapy, Houston) and Dr. Mary Thompson (physical therapy, Dallas) each received the 2014 Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Dr. Mandy Stewart (teacher education) was one of only 26 educators in the nation selected for PDK (Phi Delta Kappa) International's 2013-14 Class of Emerging Leaders.

International Excellence

  • Dr. Chandan Prasad (nutrition and food sciences) was elected to the board of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics. (2013)
  • Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT).
  • Dr. Danielle Woolery (music) won first place at the International Clarinet Association's 2013 Research Competition in Assissi, Italy.

State Awards

  • Dr. Brenda Binder (nursing) is one of five nurses in Texas to receive a 2013 Gold Nursing Excellence Award from the Good Samaritan Foundation.
  • Nine TWU faculty members have been named a Piper Professor since the award was established in 1958. The award honors outstanding teaching in Texas colleges and universities. The foundation makes only 15 awards each year.

Faculty Achievement

  • Among TWU’s distinguished faculty are Fulbright Scholars Dr. Jim Williams, (sociology); Dr. Richard Shuster (music); Dr. Timothy Hoye (history and government); Dr. Claire Sahlin (women’s studies); and Dr. Evelyn Curry (library and information studies); Joan Edwards (nursing-Houston); and Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Dr. Lisa Zottarelli (sociology).
  • TWU faculty developed the Theory of Occupational Adaptation, a treatment model taught in occupational therapy education throughout the world.
  • Dr. Dan Miller (psychology) has earned diplomate status in school psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. The ABPP diplomate is the highest practice credential in psychology.
  • Joseph Pinson (music) has been a recipient of the annual Standard Award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 2000.
  • Gladys Keeton (dance) is a past recipient of the prestigious Honor Award from the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association. This is the highest district award for service to the profession.
  • Dr. Dan Miller (psychology) is a 2006 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of School Psychologists’ Neuropsychology Special Interest Group.
  • The American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association of the Southwest established an award in honor of Dr. Phyllis Bridges (English, Speech and Foreign Languages) in 1999. The award is presented to a person who presents the best paper in biography, autobiography, memoir or personal narrative.


Staff Honors

  • Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Mary Saunders (Leadership Institute) was inducted into the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Hall of Fame on July 31, 2014.
  • Lisa Haynes (Institutional Research) was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the Texas Association for Institutional Research. (Term ends Feb. 2016)
  • Kurt Krause (Pioneer Center) was chosen as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program Office's 2014 class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows.
  • Kristine Reed (TWU Libraries) was appointed to the Financial and Administrative Services Committee for the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) of the American Library Association. (Term ends July 1, 2015)



  • Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford was the first female civilian scientist in space.
  • Ann Williams is the founder of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and a member of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • Maryellen Hicks was the first African-American and first woman to serve on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.
  • Sylvia Garcia was the first Hispanic woman elected to the Harris County Commissioners Court. She currently serves as the Texas state senator for District 6.
  • Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, U.S. Air Force, Retired, was the first woman to serve as the director of transportation at the United States Air Force Headquarters.
  • Dr. E. Ann Nalley was the first woman to be honored as Oklahoma Chemist of the Year by the five Oklahoma sections of the American Chemical Society, and the first woman appointed to the Board of Pacifichem, an international organization of the Pacific Basin Chemical Society.

Health Care

  • Dr. James H. Rimmer is recognized internationally as the pre-eminent researcher/scholar in exercise physiology, especially as it relates to persons with disabilities.
  • Dr. Anne Utech is deputy director of nutrition and food service for the Veterans Healthcare Administration in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Therese Bartholomew Bevers is the medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has overseen the center — the first comprehensive clinical cancer prevention service program in the country — since its opening in 1996.
  • Dr. Rosemary Luquire is senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the Baylor Health Care System.
  • Gary Hamrick is vice president of nursing operations for the Baylor Health Care System.
  • Michael Mayo is president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (Fla.).
  • Debbie Paganelli is president of Texas Health Resources Hurst-Euless-Bedford.
  • Mary Stowe is vice president and chief nursing officer of Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
  • Troy Thibodeaux is chief operations officer of Covenant Health System in Lubbock.
  • Polly Bednash is chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


  • Dr. Dana Gibson is the first female president of Sam Houston State University.
  • Joyce Jones is vice chancellor for student affairs for the University Systems of Georgia.
  • Dr. Deneese Jones is provost of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Roy Garcia was elected to the board of directors for the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, a non-profit organization committed to improving teaching and learning. Mr. Garcia is associate superintendent for school administration and leadership development at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. (2013)
  • Dr. Helen Benjamin is chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District in California.
  • Dr. Elma Gozalez founded the Center for Academic and Research Excellence at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and was director of the Minority Access to Research Careers at the university.
  • Kim A. Duchane is president-elect of the Midwest District of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), a nonprofit professional education association with almost 20,000 members. (2014)


  • Lisa Niedermeyer is a professional dancer with the Jane Comfort Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally.
  • Sean McGlashan is curator of contemporary art at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland.


  • Eva Poole is director of the Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library System.
  • Carol "Missy" Rainey was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (Term expires Feb. 1, 2017)
  • Michelle Lee is founder, president and CEO of STG International, a company that provides management and technical services to federal clients.
  • Norma Carabajal Essary is vice president of risk management at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Ramiro Salazar is director of the San Antonio Public Library.
  • Emma Zemler is a robotics engineer for the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • Adriana Blanco is an engineer for the General Electric Company in Erie, Penn.


  • For 64 consecutive semesters (that’s 32 years), student-athletes at TWU have achieved an overall team GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. (Spring 2014)
  • TWU senior shortstop Bailey Vrazel was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year and a member of the First Team Academic All-America Team for NCAA Division II softball.
  • TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet was named a Daktronics first-team All-American and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NCFA) second team All-American. (2014)
  • The TWU bastketball team ended its 2013-14 season tied for second place in the Lone Star Conference — the highest finish in school history.  The team also advanced to the conference championship for the fourth time in the past five years.
  • TWU senior gymnast Brittainy Johnson captured the bar title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title in the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.
  • TWU gymnast Kayla Jones represents the Lone Star Conference on the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. (Term ends January 2016)
  • TWU volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament for only the third time in school history.  TWU also advanced to the Lone Star Conference Tournament for the 11th consecutive time. (2013)
  • The TWU volleyball team received the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, its sixth consecutive year to receive the award.
  • Coach Shelly Barberee became the all-time winningest coach in TWU volleyball history with 192 victories in 11 seasons. (2013)


  • 1901 — The Girls Industrial College was founded by an act of the 27th Texas Legislature.
  • 1903 — The first building, now known as Old Main, was constructed on campus.
  • 1904 — First graduating class with one graduate, Beulah Kincaid.
  • 1905 — The college’s name is changed to the College of Industrial Arts (CIA).
  • 1915 — CIA becomes the first institution in Texas to establish a university-level department of music.
  • 1915 — The first bachelor’s degrees are awarded at CIA.
  • 1923 — CIA becomes an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • 1930 — Graduate studies are established at the college.
  • 1934 — The college’s name changes to Texas State College for Women.
  • 1939 — First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicates the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.
  • 1953 — The first doctoral degrees are awarded at TSCW.
  • 1954 — The college’s nursing program begins in Dallas at Parkland Hospital.
  • 1957 — The college’s name changes to Texas Woman’s University.
  • 1960 — The TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center opens in the Texas Medical Center.
  • 1966 — The TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center opens near Parkland Hospital.
  • 1972 — Men are admitted into TWU’s graduate programs and undergraduate and graduate health sciences professions programs in Denton, Dallas and Houston.
  • 1976 — Mary Evelyn Blagg Huey becomes the first woman president of TWU.
  • 1977 — TWU opens the Presbyterian campus, the university’s second clinical center in Dallas.
  • 1986 — The Mary Evelyn Blagg Huey Library opens on the Denton campus.
  • 1994 — Men are admitted to all undergraduate programs.
  • 1999 — TWU offers the first distance education doctoral program in the state, the Ph.D. in nursing science.
  • 2006 — The new, state-of-the-art TWU Houston Center opens at the southern gateway to the Texas Medical Center.
  • 2011 — The TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center opens, combining the university’s Parkland and Presbyterian centers at the Parkland site. The Denton campus sees the opening of two new buildings: the Ann Stuart Science Complex, named for TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart, and the new Fitness and Recreation Center.

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