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Selection Guidelines

1. Purposes of the Academy
  • To honor and reward excellence in teaching.
  • To enhance teaching effectiveness, particularly at the undergraduate level.
  • To create a central core of teachers who can serve as a resource and an inspiration for other teachers.
  • To select a body of faculty who can promote a sense of community among teachers, foster research on effective college teaching and learning, and advise the institution on teaching policies and practices.

2. Size of the Academy
The size of the Academy is limited to 5% of tenured faculty at the University of Texas, Austin.

Approximately 5 to 10 members will be chosen each year. Once selected, Academy members remain in the Academy for the duration of their tenure at UT Austin.

3. Rewards of Membership
Following election to the Academy, each faculty member will receive, effective the next academic year, a permanent academic salary increase, currently $7,000. In addition, each Academy member will be designated a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, which will entitle the holder to use this title on university stationery. In their first eight years of membership, members will also be afforded other perquisites normally afforded to holders of endowed faculty positions. On retirement, faculty members will be designated a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus.

4. Role of the Academy
The Academy will serve as an advisory group to the executive vice president and provost on teaching excellence and will provide institutional leadership and guidance for the distinctive undergraduate experience available in our research university environment. Academy members might fulfill these broad roles in various ways, such as serving as teaching mentors for new faculty or organizing and taking part in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching excellence.

5. Selection of Academy Members

A. Eligible Members
The Academy recognizes and honors tenured faculty members at UT Austin who have made sustained and significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level, within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member.

B. Nominations
The Deans of the respective schools and colleges on the UT Austin campus make nominations for the Academy. The allocation of numbers of nominees is listed below.

Cockrell School of Engineering
3
College of Education
2
College of Fine Arts
2
College of Liberal Arts
6
College of Natural Sciences
6
College of Pharmacy
1
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
1
McCombs School of Business
3
Moody College of Communication
2
School of Architecture
1
School of Information
1
School of Law
1
School of Nursing
1
School of Social Work
1
Total
31

C. Deadlines
Nominations supported by the materials described below are due in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost in February of each year.

D. Nominating Materials
Nominations should be fully documented and submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, MAI 201 (G1000). Detailed instructions for required materials and preparation of nominations can be found on the Provost's website.

E. Selection of New Members
A committee will review the nominations. The committee recommends candidates to the Executive Vice President and Provost who makes the final selections.

F. Selection Criteria
Academy members shall be tenured faculty who have made sustained and significant contributions to teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level, within the context of their responsibilities as a full-time faculty member. In selecting members, all relevant indices of excellent teaching may be considered. There will be no quotas with respect to the race or gender of the members, or to the colleges in which they teach.

 

 

 
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