For 65 years, Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have recognized the most deserving faculty and staff members with one of the university’s highest professional honors—the University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards.
This year’s recipients were chosen for their stellar performances in teaching, research, student relations, continuing education, staff service, and graduate student mentoring. Since the award’s inception in 1955, it has been presented to 1,122 professionals (including this year’s recipients) who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.
In recognition of their achievements, honorees will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch, and a commemorative plaque. The 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony planned for Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M University campus was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the generous support of former students and friends of Texas A&M, The Association of Former Students is able to support A&M faculty and staff through programs like the Distinguished Achievement Awards. The Distinguished Achievement Award is an award of excellence, and each of the 24 recipients is more than worthy of the distinction. Please join us as we congratulate the recipients of the 2020 University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards.
Political Science Senior Lecturer Dr. Dwight A. Roblyer is one of the 25 recipients of this prestigious recognition and is being specifically awarded for his exceptional teaching. This award is presented to superior classroom teachers: individuals whose command of their respective discipline, teaching methodologies, pervasive caring, communication skills, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the meaning of “teacher” in its highest sense.
Dr. Roblyer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1984 as a member of the Corps of Cadets, a Texas A&M President’s Endowed Scholar, commander of the Squadron Nine “Hellcats,” and a Distinguished Graduate of Texas A&M’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force until 2011, where he earned the master space operations badge and reached the rank of colonel.
During his service, Roblyer earned a master’s degree in space operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and completed a doctorate in political science at Texas A&M. In 2013, he returned to Texas A&M as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, instructing more than 7,000 Aggies in just six years.
Roblyer now serves on the Texas A&M Honor Council, was a 2017 Fish Camp Namesake, was awarded a 2018 Honoring Excellence Award from the Office of Residence Life, and also served as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Campus Muster ceremony, one of the universities most well-respected traditions.
Although the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony was canceled, the Association of Former Students has 0rganized a virtual awards program video to honor the recipients.
We are proud to have Dr. Roblyer as a member of our faculty and look forward to seeing what he will accomplish in the future!
On Sept. 1, 2022, the Department of Political Science became part of the Bush School of Government & Public Service.