Civitatis Award

The Civitatis Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding faculty citizenship. The Civitatis Award is conferred upon a member of the faculty in recognition of dedicated and meritorious service to the University above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research, and writing. The award is made by the President upon the recommendation of the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

2013 Recipients 

Larry AbrahamLarry Abraham has served on the UT faculty since 1975. Larry’s research focuses on the coordination of movement, with particular interests in skill acquisition and in interactions between mechanical and neural components of movement. He is a professor of kinesiology and health education, teaching undergraduates and graduates in motor learning, motor control, and biomechanics. He has served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education, and also as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. And since 2003 Larry has served as a co-director of the UTeach Natural Sciences Program for preparing secondary science and mathematics teachers. Larry is also Associate Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, where his work focuses on enriching the undergraduate curriculum across the university.


Patrick DavisPatrick Davis is a professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Pharmacy. He is a leader in advancing teaching innovation and the use of instructional technology, and in fact, won our President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award last year. He has served as chair of the UT Faculty Council, and on numerous major committees and task forces, such as the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee. He volunteered to create one of the first signature courses called Really Bad Bugs: Twelve Diseases that Changed the World, which has become very popular. Pat also has been a leader in developing the curriculum for SHAPE, a program for transforming medical education. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has won numerous teaching awards including the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Nomination Process

In the spring of each year, the Faculty Council Executive Committee, or a designated subcommittee of the FCEC, will solicit nominations. The Committee may recommend up to three candidates to the President for this honor.

The identification of appropriate candidates is important, and your participation is invited. Please refer to the information for the criteria for the award, the requirements for making a nomination, and the nature of the recognition given to the recipient(s). Also provided is a list of the past recipients.