Young Cited for Regents Teaching Honor
Dr. Veronica Young, clinical associate professor, is recipient of a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas at Austin.
Young, who also serves as director of interprofessional education and community engagement for the college, joins 26 other UT Austin faculty members in receiving the award that is the highest teaching honor bestowed by the UT System Board of Regents. The Regents awards program is one of the nation's largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.
"We are so please that Dr. Young has been honored by the UT System Board of Regents in this manner," said Dean Lynn Crismon. "Not only is she a dynamic classroom teacher, she also has been instrumental in engaging our student pharmacists in interprofessional community service experiences. She has emerged into a true leader for advancing the college's goal to transform pharmacy education."
Young said that developing interprofessional education and collaborative practice learning experiences are key components to transforming the culture of healthcare. The experiences, she stressed, should be meaningful experiences that fully engage students.
"Our goal is to empower students to work effectively together to deliver quality patient-centered and community-oriented care," she said.
Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. The goal is to prepare a collaborative practice-ready workforce dedicated to delivering high quality and safe healthcare.
Established in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.
A total of $2.4 million will be awarded to educators from the UT System's 15 academic and health institutions during a ceremony slated for Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in the Texas Union at UT Austin.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.
"UT Austin places a very high value on classroom teaching," said UT Austin President Bill Powers. "I am pleased that the UT System is recognizing these individual faculty members for their performance as teachers and their commitment to their students."