Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies
- Demonstrated innovation in undergraduate programming.
- Conducted research aimed at improving the undergraduate experience.
- Created or supported policies designed to improve the core curriculum.
- Enhanced or streamlined the delivery of academic services.
During the early months of Bill Powers’s tenure as president of the university, McDowell served as Aide to the President and, in that role, worked with college deans and the Faculty Council toward the approval of the university’s new core curriculum. Upon the appointment of Paul Woodruff as inaugural Dean of Undergraduate Studies in September 2006, McDowell joined the Dean’s senior staff and became responsible for negotiations with faculty committees, all of the university’s colleges and schools, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which led to the implementation of the new core curriculum for all undergraduate students and the creation of the School of Undergraduate Studies.