F. Chris Garcia: A History of Award-Winning Performance

Albuquerque native and longtime UNM Professor F. Chris Garcia has enjoyed a distinguished and award-winning career; a career of professional distinction and active community involvement that has garnered him numerous awards and accolades for more than 40 years. A Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico for more than four decades, as well as the past member of numerous boards, organizations, committees and task forces throughout the community, Garcia has set himself apart as a professional of diligence and dedication.

Numerous organizations have recognized F. Chris Garcia’s commitment to excellence over the years, which has helped him amass quite an impressive collection of accolades over the past 40 years. In 1977, Garcia was honored to have won the UNM Mesa Chicana Literary Award, and followed up this honor with the reception of the Valley High School Outstanding Alumni Award in 1981.

He was honored to have received a Newspaper Project Award from the New Mexico Humanities Council in 1983, which recognized his work on “Public Opinion Polls: An Addition to Our Political Education.” In 1985, the American Political Science Association would honor Garcia with a Recognition Award, given to him “in Recognition of Excellence in Scholarship and Service to the Profession.”

Other honors received by F. Chris Garcia throughout his career include a University of New Mexico Regents Meritorious Service Medal (1996), a University of New Mexico Alumni Association Zia Award for Outstanding UNM Alumni (1997) and a Franklin J. Good now Award for Distinguished Service from the American Political Science Association (2001).