Dr. David Hua Receives ITERA Outstanding Faculty Award

Mar 26, 2021

The Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) has named Dr. David Hua the recipient of the “Above and Beyond” undergraduate faculty award.

For over 15 years ITERA has sought to recognize both junior and senior faculty for their unusual contributions to our complex and challenging hybrid field.  In notifying CICS of the award, ITERA stated the following about the award itself:

As our name implies, the Information, Technology, Education, and Research Association has a broad interest range and we depend on the dedication of both junior and senior faculty and the students they educate for the future of the field. The year 2020, provided a set of challenges which most of us had not faced in our careers to date. 

It was complicated, frustrating, at times disquieting, and discouraging for faculty and their students, as well as for administrators, staff, and others. In creating the 2020 “Above and Beyond” awards it was our hope to specially recognize a few faculty who faced the challenges of 2020 head on and helped their students to move forward in the midst of tough times.

In the nomination of Dr. Hua for the senior faculty award, Dennis Trinkle, Director of CICS, had this to say:

“David founded Ball State’s computer technology programs twenty years ago,  but his passion and energy are as high today as they were then.  He serves as program director for the CICS Computer Technology department, and he offers vital and popular advanced level undergraduate courses. 

His evaluations are routinely exceptional.  Dave is also a constant coach and mentor for every major in the program, and he is a very active as a recruiter on behalf of the Computer Technology program.  What is especially impressive this year is that amidst all of his routinely high engagement, and helping to handle some significant family matters, Dave helped lead a revision of the Computer Technology promotion and tenure documents and a complete strategic review of the CT program. 

Dave brought an absolutely willingness to reconsider everything as if designing the program anew for the needs of today.  Not all leaders remain as open to change and committed to excellence as Dave Hua.  For Dave, nothing is more important than providing students with the best possible experience.  In this and many other ways, he truly is above and beyond.”

Join us in congratulating Dr. David Hua for receiving this truly deserving award.