AUSTIN, Texas — The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has chosen 27 faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, its highest teaching honor.
The awards program is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.
A total of $2.4 million will be awarded to educators from the UT System’s 15 academic and health institutions during a ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in the Texas Union at UT Austin.
“Our excellence in teaching faculty is a critical part of the System’s vision of an institution of the first class,” said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. “These awards are a reflection of the Regents placing the highest priority on undergraduate, graduate and professional teaching excellence System-wide.”
Established in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.
“UT Austin places a very high value on classroom teaching,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers. “I am pleased that the UT System is recognizing these 27 individual faculty members for their performance as teachers and their commitment to their students.”
The 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards recipients from The University of Texas at Austin are:
Byron Alm én, associate professor of music theory
Lorenzo Alvisi, professor of computer science
Jane Arledge, lecturer in the Department of Mathematics
Judith Birdsong, lecturer in the School of Architecture
Paul Bommer, Chevron Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering and senior lecturer in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Kevin Cokley, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and professor of educational psychology and African and African diaspora studies
Lucien Douglas, associate professor of acting
Caroline Frick, assistant professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film
Tamie Glass, assistant professor of interior design
Julia Guernsey, associate chair of the Department of Art and Art History and professor of art history
Julie Hardwick, professor of history
Neal Hall, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism
Barbara L. Jones, assistant dean for Health Affairs, co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival and associate professor in the School of Social Work
Dave Junker, director of the Senior Fellows Honors Program in the Moody College of Communication and lecturer in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Brad Love, assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Leslie Mutchler, director of the Foundations Program and associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History
Kumar Muthuraman, associate professor in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management and Department of Finance
George Pollak, professor of neuroscience
Elaine Rich, distinguished senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science
Daron Shaw, University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Government and Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Centennial Chair in State Politics
James Scott, assistant professor of statistics
Sean Theriault, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Government
Sean Thompson, senior lecturer in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations
David A. Vanden Bout, professor in the Department of Chemistry
Jo Worthy, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Veronica Young, director of Interprofessional Education and Community Engagement and clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy
For more information, contact:J.B. Bird, University of Texas at Austin, 512-750-3512 (cell), 512 471 4550.