Davis Among Provost's Teaching Fellows
Dr. Patrick Davis, senior associate dean for academic affairs, has been named among 20 leading faculty innovators at The University of Texas at Austin who have been appointed as inaugural Provost's Teaching Fellows.
Provost Greg Fenves announced the program and its first honorees on Oct. 14. The new teaching fellows program is designed to strengthen faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), to enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and to support specific faculty-led products to improve teaching and learning.
Davis was among nine designated as 2013 Provost's Senior Teaching Fellows. They will take on a variety of leadership roles for two years such as leading faculty learning communities, reviewing grants to support curricular and pedagogical innovation, and participating in operational governance for CTL.
The remaining 11 honorees were designated as 2013 Provost's Teaching Fellows. They will receive $25,000 grants to pursue specific projects to improve teaching and learning in their departments, schools or colleges, or at the university. After two years, fellows may continue to participate in the program as Senior Fellows.
Provost's Teaching Fellows will work closely with the provost, deans, chairs, and other faculty leaders and CLT staff to strengthen the university's support structures for excellent teaching. The program is planned to expand and develop through annual nominations.
Davis has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence. In May, he named as a one of six educators from UT Austin to serve as members of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In March, he was one of five UT Austin faculty cited to receive a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. He is a member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers (1996) and is a recipient of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (2010). He has received the College of Pharmacy's Texas Excellence Teaching Award on two occasions.