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Presidential Excellence

The faculty of the College of Fine Arts and Communication excel as Teachers, Scholars, Artists, and Leaders. The university’s Presidential Excellence Awards recognize and reward superior accomplishments in Teaching, Scholarly/Creative Activity, and Service.



Jenny Buschorn

Assistant Professor of Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication

Presidential Excellence Award  | Teaching

Jenny Buschhorn is an Assistant Professor of Practice and coordinator of the Advertising Sequence. She specializes in account planning and advertising campaign development at Texas State University. Buschhorn has a BS and MA in Advertising with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Texas State faculty, Buschhorn spent more than 20 years specializing in advertising and business planning via primary and secondary research to develop strong business positioning for several of the nation’s largest, advertising agencies including GSD&M, McCann Erickson, and TM. She co-founded a highly successful strategic business planning company with McGarrah Jessee. She excels in overall business strategy and communications implementation.


Dale Blasingame

Senior Lecturer, Journalism and Mass Communication

Presidential Excellence Award  | Teaching

Dale Blasingame received a master’s degree from Texas State in 2011 with a focus in New Media Studies. He is part of the SJMC Digital Media faculty, and teaches courses that introduce students to different aspects of how technology is changing journalism and media. Before coming to Texas State, he was a television news producer. He spent nine years at WOAI-TV in San Antonio, where he won two Lone Star Emmy awards and was nominated for a third. Before that, he was a news anchor and sports reporter for KTSA-AM in San Antonio. In addition to his duties at Texas State, he is also the social media director for Leadhub, an Internet marketing company in San Antonio. He is a member of the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.



Ana Baer Carrillo

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

Excellence in Diversity Award

Ana Baer Carrillo is an Associate Professor whose video-choreographer work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as performances and choreography. Ana’s video installations, multimedia work and/or choreography has been presented in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, Greece, Spain, France, Egypt, and multiple venues in Germany, UK, Mexico and USA. Ana’s projects include: Co-Director of L.E.A.P (Leadership, Empowerment, Arts Program); Artistic Co-Director, Adjudicator, Producer and International Liaison for the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema; Choreographer and videographer depicting themes, situations and realities in Mexico. Additionally, she commissions international and culturally diverse artists for Merge Dance Company, a student dance company, which she co-founded here in 2009.