Seven Faculty Members Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

May 3, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Seven faculty members have been named to the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin, Steven W. Leslie, executive vice president and provost, has announced.

The new members are Marilyn P. Armour, associate professor, School of Social Work; Chandra R. Bhat, the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering; Elizabeth A. Danze, associate professor, School of Architecture; Christopher A. Long, professor, School of Architecture; James Pennebaker, the Liberal Arts Foundation Centennial Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts; Daron R. Shaw, professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts; and Greg Sitz, professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences.

Leslie said the faculty members were named to the academy based on recommendations from an ad hoc faculty/student committee that reviewed nominations of outstanding faculty members. The faculty members, he said, have earned the respect of peers, students and administrators for their outstanding teaching.

The academy induction ceremony and special dinner in honor of the new members will be in October.

Members of the academy will receive a permanent academic salary increase of $7,000 and will be designated as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. They will work with the Office of the Provost in providing institutional leadership and guidance for the distinctive undergraduate experience available in the research university environment. The academy members also are asked to be teaching mentors for new faculty and to assist with other initiatives to enhance the teaching mission of the university.

Established in February 1995, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers was one of the first associations of its kind in the nation. New members of the academy are selected each year through a rigorous evaluation process. Deans of colleges and schools annually nominate faculty for membership, and a committee that includes members of the academy, students and other faculty review the nominations and recommend a slate of honorees to the provost, who makes the final selections.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

9 Comments to "Seven Faculty Members Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers"

1.  Charles George said on May 13, 2010

Congratulations to the recipients; however, I know none of them. What would be useful to this reader is What more than Who or How Much money they get. What does it take to make one a Distinguished Teacher? What can others who teach do to emulate them ... if that is possible? What mentoring advice can they offer beyond their peers to the vast body of alumni who teach, coach, or manage people? Think outside the UT box, please!

2.  kerry said on May 13, 2010

it is great to see the quality of architecture professors being recongized with this distinction. Congratulations to all of the recipients.

3.  Drew Carls said on May 13, 2010

Congrats, Dr. Shaw! One of the best government classes I took at the University.

4.  John Robinson, Ph.D. said on May 13, 2010

Congratulations Greg!

5.  Audry said on May 14, 2010

Dr. Burton Pierson isn't on this list. Congrats to the others. I'm sure y'all are awesome, but...really? Who is Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest without Kobe? They sure aren't the Lakers! What's more, Pierson won't be teaching at UT anymore. Way to trade Bryant in the middle of the playoffs.

6.  Lawrence Turner said on May 15, 2010

Thanks for being outstanding role models for lecturers like me.

7.  Verne Cox said on May 15, 2010

Congratulations, Jamie.


8.  Jessica, B.S. Biology said on May 17, 2010

Dr. Pierson was hands down one of the best professors I have ever had. Don't get me wrong, the work was miserable and I cursed the Friday reviews, but I learned so much and pushed through it because of how passionate a teacher he was.

9.  Divya said on June 9, 2012

Seriously dr. pierson should have made the list...someone messed up somewhere