Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
Fred Valdez, Jr. receives his 2004 award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching from Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Victoria Rodríguez
FRED VALDEZ, JR., Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, received his bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He has been a member of the UT faculty since 1988 and currently serves as chair of Archaeological Studies and Director of the Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory and the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project.
Dr. Valdez's Belize field program is an internationally recognized institution in Mayan archaeology. Through this program he provides a field experience for graduate students to conduct research on projects that range from extensive ground surveys of the Mayan countryside and agricultural areas, to detailed excavations at the center of classic Mayan palaces and temples. His students describe his enthusiasm as contagious and credit his tireless efforts and extraordinary dedication to teaching with providing unsurpassed practical training.