University of Texas System’s Board of Regents Awards Recognize Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching

Aug. 12, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has recognized 72 faculty members from institutions within the system for outstanding teaching, including 34 faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin.

The educators from the 15 institutions were honored as the 2010 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winners during a ceremony on The University of Texas at Austin campus on Aug. 11. They will share $2 million in awards.

The awards, which range from $15,000 to $30,000, are given to faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. The event marked the program's second year.

"These awards show that the Board of Regents and the UT System are focused on rewarding excellence in the classroom, for it is there that our institutions provide the most critical facet of the university experience: the education of our students," said Regents' Chairman Colleen McHugh.

Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. In the competition for the awards, faculty candidates were subjected to rigorous examination of their teaching performance over three years by campus and external examiners.

Evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers considered a range of activities and criteria, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

A teaching portfolio was required to demonstrate pedagogical innovation, continuous improvement of course materials, overall teacher training experience and a statement of teaching philosophy and objectives.

"We have a clear duty to provide an exceptional education to our students. These awards not only further that goal, they help advance a culture of excellence that translates to better pedagogy and research, and, ultimately, to a stronger and more vibrant economy for this great state," said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

Among those honored throughout the system this year were 38 tenured faculty members, who each received $30,000 awards. Seventeen tenure-track faculty each received $25,000 awards and another 17 contingent faculty each received $15,000 awards. Besides the cash awards, winners also received a bronze medallion and a certificate commemorating the achievement.

"We believe in rewarding excellence, but we also believe in setting rigorous standards in our teaching awards," said David B. Prior, UT System's executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Therefore, we know these educators incorporate the very best teaching methods and that they impart cutting-edge concepts and information based on scholarship and research."

A list of names and the institutions at which they teach is available online.

Tenured award recipients from The University of Texas at Austin include:

  • Eric V. Anslyn, Ph.D., the Norman Hackerman Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences.
  • William D. Carlson, Ph.D., Peter T. Flawn Centennial Chair in Geology, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences.
  • Mia Carter, Ph.D., associate professor of English, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Alan Kaylor Cline, Ph.D., the David Bruton, Jr. Professor of Computer Science, professor of mathematics, University Distinguished Teaching Professor and director, Dean's Scholars Honors Program, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, associate professor in architecture, School of Architecture.
  • Patrick Davis, Ph.D., the Eckerd Centennial Professor, University Distinguished Professor, senior associate dean for academic affairs, College of Pharmacy
  • Franchelle Stewart Dorn, M.F.A., the Virginia L. Murchison Regents Professor, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Head of Acting Program, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts.
  • George B. Forgie, Ph.D., University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Wallace T. Fowler, Ph.D., P.E., professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, the Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Professor of Engineering, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • Judith A. Jellison, Ph.D., the Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts.
  • Desmond F. Lawler, Ph.D., P.E., professor, the Bob R. Dorsey Professor of Engineering, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • Marc Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Christopher Long, Ph.D., professor and director of the Architectural History Program, School of Architecture.
  • Beth Maloch, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.
  • Jayadev Misra, Ph.D., professor and the Schlumberger Centennial Chair, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Ramesh K. S. Rao, D.B.A., the McDermott Professor of Banking and Finance, Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business.
  • J. Craig Wheeler, Ph.D., the Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professor of Astronomy, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Kristin L. Wood, Ph.D., the Cullen Trust Endowed Professor in Engineering No. 1 and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.

Tenure track award recipients from The University of Texas at Austin include:

  • Tiffany M. Gill, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of History and Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Frank A. Guridy, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dorothee Honhon, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management (IROM), McCombs School of Business.
  • Coleman Hutchison, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Carolyn Conner Seepersad, Ph.D., assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Cockrell School of Engineering.
  • David Shields, assistant professor of design, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts.
  • Dionicio R. Siegel, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Michael Williamson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Accounting, McCombs School of Business.

Contingent faculty award recipients from The University of Texas at Austin include:

  • Andrea Patrice Beckham, senior lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts.
  • Michael W. Brandl, Ph.D., senior lecturer in economics and finance, Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business.
  • Lisa Dobias, senior lecturer, Department of Advertising, College of Communication.
  • Fatima Fakhreddine, Ph.D., senior lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Leanne H. Field, Ph.D., distinguished senior lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Wm. Arlyn Kloesel, B.S., R.Ph., distinguished senior lecturer, College of Pharmacy.
  • Cynthia LaBrake, Ph.D., senior lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences.
  • Anne Lewis, senior lecturer, Department of Radio-Television-Film, College of Communication.

The awards program was established by the Board of Regents in August 2008 as the latest in a series of UT System-sponsored activities aimed at fostering innovative approaches to teaching, research and commercialization endeavors at all 15 UT System institutions.

In 2004, the System launched the Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) Program, which created a multi-million dollar fund to recruit and retain top-flight researchers to UT institutions. Researchers recruited and/or retained under the program have generated more than $345 million in sponsored research at UT institutions.

In 2005, the Chancellor's Health Fellows program was established to enhance faculty collaborations and achievements, and other communications projects, among the health and academic campuses. That same year, the Innovations in Health Science Education program was created to recognize innovation and achievement in undergraduate or graduate health science education. The top prize for that program is $7,500.

And in 2007, the UT System initiated the $2 million Texas Ignition Fund (TIF), which recognizes extraordinary research discovery. TIF grants of up to $50,000 are used to help move inventions from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace. Also in 2007, the UT System established the annual Chancellor's Innovations in Education Awards — $5,000 prizes which recognize faculty who demonstrate teaching excellence; and the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards, which reward outstanding individual and collaborative accomplishments in research and innovation. Prizes in that category can reach $15,000.

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

25 Comments to "University of Texas System’s Board of Regents Awards Recognize Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching"

1.  Estelle Brooks said on Aug. 13, 2010

Congratulations, Dr. Tiffany Gill. You are an amazing educator and woman!

2.  Bill said on Aug. 13, 2010

How can UT give out money like this to people who are already being paid to teach to start with? Why are they being rewarded to do what they are being paid to do? I guess someone forgot that UT's in a budget crunch and just laid off 17 staff from Facilities Services and are offering some older faculty 2 years salary to retire early!!

3.  Evelyn Sebanes said on Aug. 13, 2010

All the Best, Dr. Tiffany Gill. We are so proud of you.

4.  Susana Castillo said on Aug. 18, 2010

Congratulations Dr. Mia Carter and Dr. Cole Hutchison!

5.  chris wilson said on Aug. 19, 2010

Congrats to all and especially to :
Eric V. Anslyn, Ph.D
&
Franchelle Stewart Dorn, M.F.A

Hook 'Em

6.  Kate said on Aug. 19, 2010

Bill-
We will lose top talent if it is not recognized, rewarded, and cultivated.

7.  kerry said on Aug. 19, 2010

wake up Bill. to keep UT at the top of acedemia it is necessary to retain the top professors and researchers.

8.  Cynthia Baker, PhD said on Aug. 19, 2010

Congratulations to all the fine faculty, but where is Katherine Arens's name? She should have been at the top of the list, not just alphabetically, but especially for her fine teaching! Probably the best teacher I ever had, from kindergarten through PhD. Next time?

9.  Bill said on Aug. 19, 2010

How about keeping top staff members? How recognizing and rewarding and cultivating top staff talent? It's the same old story: faculty get paid a lot at UT to do a job, then they get a lot more for doing the job they were paid to do! What a deal! If the top researchers don't get paid enough at UT, why'd they come here in the first place? They might just stay because they can't get an offer any place else (possible, you know).

10.  Christina r. Frias said on Aug. 19, 2010

Congratulations to all the outstanding professors; however, l was disappointed not to see the names of at least one outstanding faculty from the Schools of Nursing or Social Work.

11.  student said on Aug. 20, 2010

Bill, my professors make MUCH less than they deserve. I'm proud to have one of them represented here... and they deserve the reward!! Don't attack awards for good performance... attack money that's wasted on extraneous matters. Good academia should be the priority at this university, and rewarded as such.

12.  Jake Margo, Jr. said on Aug. 20, 2010

Congratulations to our outstanding faculty! Special congrats to Dr. Alan Cline - future Dean's Scholars will miss out on your enthusiasm, witty rebuttals & good natured scoffing in light of poorly conceived notions.

13.  Bill said on Aug. 20, 2010

@Kate and Kerry: You missed the point. UT is in serious budgetary restraints right now: buying off professors and laying off staff. Do they have the money to "reward" faculty for teaching and researching in such times? Tell me where you think the money should come from--maybe raise tuition? Or, maybe fire more staff?

14.  Christopher said on Aug. 22, 2010

Wake up, Kerry. The administration has found it necessary to distract alumni, donors, and prospective students from the declining quality of the institution with this sort of spin. Sure, retaining top dog professors is important for the administration and the university as a whole. But evidently so is cutting employees, drastically reducing the number of incoming grad students, and as well as know, keeping the athletics money away from the university. But that isn't going to make it onto the frontpage nor is this comment. : )

15.  BW said on Aug. 23, 2010

I know Bill Carlson in GeoSci and he is a great teacher and has won many Departmental Teaching Excellence Awards over the years. Not only that, he's a really nice person and a very good racquetball player. Congratulations, Bill! Keep the top up on summer days!

16.  Ryan S. said on Aug. 23, 2010

Congratulations Dr. Siegel

After taking your Organic Chemistry this summer I see why you deserve this award.

17.  Catherine said on Aug. 23, 2010

Congratulations Drs. Fowler, Lawler, Seepersad, and Wood! WTG Cockrell School of Engineering!!

18.  phuoc anne said on Aug. 24, 2010

CONGRATS Arlyn, Dr. Davis, Dr. Field, & Dr. Fakhreddine! You are all VERY INSPIRATIONAL educators!!

19.  Thomas said on Aug. 29, 2010

Congratulations, Dr. Marc Lewis! You were great at psychology! I believe in rewarding the best professors at UT. The athletic department is self-sufficient and is actually reverse sufficient. Let me explain. UT's athletic director DeLoss Dodds talked to my sports media class in my senior year last year and said that President Powers calls him when he needs money to fund something for the university, and DeLoss gives it to him because sports at UT is so profitable. The school ain't broke, it's just that they don't always spend their money wisely, like the current corrupt US government and administration. UT can't stop spending on worthless crap like statues of people that few remember or care about, "art" like those idiotic silver balls that are conveniently placed by the tower (they paid upwards of $2 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for that crap), "campus fusion", which doesn't fuse anyone, and other wasteful projects that don't give any return on the investment and only please a small amount of people. These and other programs could be cut entirely or funded by private donors if there is an interest for them. Paying extra money to good professors is not wasteful.

20.  Erin said on Aug. 29, 2010

Right on, Dr. Lawler! A spectacular professor, mentor, and friend.

21.  Vivian Goldman-Leffler said on Aug. 31, 2010

Since contingent faculty are eligible for consideration for these awards, I would encourage you to also include faculty teaching in the University Extension Program, some of whom hold Ph.D.s from UT-Austin. I am not a disinterested party: my husband, John Leffler, who received his Ph.D. in American history here, has taught a variety of history courses for the Extension Program for more than ten years and has consistently earned exceptional student evaluations. Yet he is not eligible for a teaching award of any sort. Thanks for your consideration.

Vivian Goldman-Leffler
Graduate Coordinator
Dept. of Economics

22.  Juan Martinez said on Aug. 31, 2010

I have never heard of any of these professors, but whatever. Good job, profs!

23.  Rick Perkins said on Sept. 2, 2010

Drs. Lawler, Fowler, and Wood:

Thank you for continuing your excellent work in Engineering which shines brightly on The University. Please don't stop; there is so much more to do, especially in bringing "real-world" manufacturing process development to UT.

24.  Tina Millican said on Sept. 2, 2010

It's difficult to feel good about professors being rewarded above their paid salaries when the economy is so bad the University needs to find ways to cut costs, retain employees and help bring down the escalating cost of an education.

25.  Kathy Boas said on Sept. 3, 2010

I thought they were cutting back on salaries. Two million dollars could have been a godsend to the poorly paid teaching assistants, research workers and clerical staff who make it all possible for the stars.