Prof. Henry Dietz Receives Outstanding Teaching Award
Posted: August 21, 2013
Prof. Henry Dietz, Department of Government [Photo: Marsha Miller/UT Austin]
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Henry Dietz (Department of Government) is one of twenty-six faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa comments, “We are deeply grateful to the regents for their ongoing commitment to honor our very best and most dedicated faculty. These awards recognize the immeasurable impact teachers have on our students, who will shape the future of our communities across Texas and the nation.”
Dr. Dietz served as LLILAS graduate adviser from 2003–2012 and continues to teach in the Department of Government. His major interests focus on Latin American politics, particularly urban poverty and politics, civil-military relations, and parties and party systems. His main country of specialization is Peru, where he served as Peace Corps volunteer from 1964–1966.
Dr. Dietz has received multiple teaching awards over the years. “I believe that the subjects that fascinate me—politics, poverty, Latin America—are important and complicated issues. I insist that my students embrace complexity when they take on such subjects, and that they realize that whatever they think a solution might be, someone is going to disagree with them. In my classes I do not provide solutions; the best I can do is to try to show them how to think about complex issues.”