Associate Professor Elizabeth Richmond-Garza wins Texas Exes Teaching Award
Posted: December 14, 2010
The Department of English congratulates Associate Professor Richmond-Garza, who was selected by a student committee to win this year's Texas Exes Teaching Award.
Undergraduate students Shakshi Kshatriya, Jeremy Gatson, Carl Thorne-Thomsen, and Danny Zeng surprised Professor Richmond-Garza in her office with a balloon and a hand-lettered card bearing the good news last Thursday.
A student committee from each college selects a winner for the Texas Exes-sponsored award from a pool of student nominations each year. Kshatriya said that while the College of Liberal Arts had many nominees, Professor Richmond-Garza had an "overwhelming" number of nominations. With the Dean's approval, the committee selected Professor Richmond-Garza, citing her "innovative" teaching style and her dedication to her students.
This fall, Professor Richmond-Garza taught nearly 500 students in two English courses and one Undergraduate Studies signature course. Kshatriya pointed out that while Professor Richmond-Garza teaches several classes a semester, she "remembers not only students' names, but also their individual concerns."
While the committee may have surprised Professor Richmond-Garza last week, the award itself hardly comes as a surprise considering Professor Richmond-Garza’s previous accolades. She is renowned for her creative, multi-media approach to teaching. Among other honors, she has been awarded the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award, the 16th annual Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award. She was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2004 and was awarded the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.
Elizabeth Richmond-Garza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Director of the Program in Comparative Literature and chief administrative and financial officer of the American Comparative Literature Association. Trained in Greek as well as modern aesthetics, she works actively in eight languages. Her research concentrates on Orientalism, the Gothic, Cleopatra, Oscar Wilde, and European drama. She is currently finishing a study of decadent culture at the end of the nineteenth century.