Past 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. 


Sue GreningerSue Greninger joined the UT faculty in 1978 and is associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. She served nine consecutive years as Secretary of the General Faculty and Faculty Council. She has also served as vice chair of the Faculty Senate more than 20 years ago. During this time the first joint meeting of the UT and A&M faculty councils was organized, a meeting that continues today. In addition, she has served on myriad other committees for her department and college as well as in service of the university, the UT System, and the community beyond the campus.



Martha HilleyMartha Hilley is professor of Group Piano and Pedagogy and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Butler School of Music. Over the past twenty years, Martha has won numerous teaching awards, from Texas Excellence Teaching Awards to the Outstanding Collegiate Teacher Award from the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the Music Teachers National Association. While epitomizing teaching excellence at UT and pioneering new techniques in music education, Martha has also been a tireless leader in University governance, and in the coming year will serve a second term as chair of the University Faculty Council.



David HillisDavid Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences. David was the first director of the School of Biological Sciences. Under his direction, the School has become one of the jewels of our University. David is also the founder and director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics here at UT. He has also served as chair of the Faculty Council, during which time he successfully spearheaded efforts to preserve one of UT’s most valuable resources, the Brackenridge Field Lab.



Omi Osun Joni JonesOmi Osun Joni Jones is an associate professor and current director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. A scholar of ethnography, Yoruba-based performance aesthetics, black Feminisms and Theater Social Change, among her many achievements that illustrate her collaborative ethos for community growth is her production of the Austin Project which commenced in 2002. Her work has created and continues to create a profile of excellence for the University.



Alan FriedmanAlan Friedman is the Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He has been a member of the UT faculty since the mid-1960s and an active campus citizen in nearly every aspect of University life. Friedman served as director of Plan II in the 1970s and as founder and director of the English Department’s Summer Program in Oxford. He has organized an international symposium on James Joyce and an exhibition of Samuel Beckett’s work, and he continues to coordinate the Actors from the London Stage residency. He has chaired numerous search committees, study groups, and governance committees, and he was the moving spirit behind the revision of the faculty governance structure that has given UT its current Faculty Council.


Alba OrtizAlba Ortiz holds the President’s Chair for Education Academic Excellence at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a nationally known scholar whose work focuses on the education of bilingual students with special needs. A member of the faculty since 1980, Dr. Ortiz has served the University in many roles. As chair of the Faculty Senate in 1994, she led the complex process of merging the Faculty Senate and University Council into the Faculty Council. Then as chair of the Faculty Council in 2005-2006, she engaged the academic community in a review of the report of the Task Force on Curriculum Reform that ultimately resulted in significant changes to the core curriculum and to the creation of the School of Undergraduate Studies. She has served as chair of the Graduate Assembly and the Faculty Grievance Committee, and in other important faculty governance positions. Her administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, and chair of the Department of Special Education in the College of Education. Outside the University, she has received numerous presidential, federal commission, and gubernatorial appointments. She is a past president of the Council for Exceptional Children, the nation’s premier professional organization for special education.


Michael GranofMichael Granof is the Ernst and Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting and a member of UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has taught at the University since 1972 in the School of Business and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He has served as chair of the Department of Accounting and chair of the Faculty Council, and he now chairs the board of directors of the University Cooperative Society. He has also chaired the University Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and has served on other university committees, including the Men's Athletics Council, the Presidential Task Force on Efficiency, the Presidential Committee to Assist K-12 Public Schools with Finances, the UT System Faculty Advisory Committee, and the UT System Audit Committee. Granof has received numerous business and teaching awards, including the Association of Government Accountants’ Cornelius E. Tierney/Ernst and Young Research Award.

Shelley PayneShelley M. Payne is the Lorene Morrow Kelley Fellow in Microbiology and a member of UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She has taught at the University since 1980 and served as chair of the Department of Microbiology from 1993-97. She is a former chair of the Faculty Council and has worked to promote gender equality at the University. A respected campus leader, she has chaired a number of committees, including the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and the UT Police Oversight Committee. She has been a faculty adviser in microbiology and has served on the Graduate Studies Committee in Cell and Molecular Biology. She is the recipient of a NIH Merit Award for her research, which focuses on pathogenic bacteria. In 2005, she was appointed to the National Institutes of Health National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council.


Judy LangloisJudith Langlois is the Charles and Sarah Seay Regents Professor in Developmental Psychology, with research interests in developmental psychology, social and personality development, and infant development. Since arriving at UT in 1973, she has played a major role in the governance of the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts , and the University. She has been a powerful voice for the professional development of women on campus and has served on the Women's Athletics Council, the Educational Policy Committee, the President's Budget Advisory Committee, and as interim dean of Liberal Arts during two different periods. She chaired the Presidential Committee on the Status of Non-Tenure Faculty, which fostered several improvements for UT faculty members without tenure, and she served as a member of the recent Task Force on Curriculum Reform. Because of her integrity, her commitment to the University, and her exceptional leadership, she is held in the highest regard by colleagues and students.

Paul WoodruffPaul Woodruff is the Darrel K Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society and a member of UT's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has served as chair of the Department of Philosophy, chair of the Faculty Council, and director of the Plan II Honors Program. His scholarship focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, and he is also an award-winning playwright. He has published a number of Greek translations widely used in college courses. Woodruff is highly regarded by the campus community for his leadership and wise counsel. He has distinguished himself on a number of committees and task forces, including as chair of both the Mellon Fellowship program and the Rhodes-Marshall Review committee. He served on the Task Force on Curriculum Reform and was named by President Bill Powers in 2006 as UT's first dean of Undergraduate Studies. He will oversee the quality of core education for undergraduates and lead the implementation of a revised core curriculum.


Doug LaycockDouglas Laycock held the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law until 2006, when he joined the law faculty at the University of Michigan. He chaired a series of important task forces and committees at UT, including provost and dean searches, the Task Force on Assembly and Expression, the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, and the Law School Task Force on Needs and Goals. He was a key member of the Hopwood litigation team and the legal team responding to the Michigan decisions on affirmative action. Laycock is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the council and executive committee of the American Law Institute. His book The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule won the Scribes Award in 1991.


Reuben McDanielReuben R. McDaniel, Jr., is the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Health Care Management in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems. A member of the UT Austin faculty since 1972, Professor McDaniel has been an advocate for many causes benefiting members of the University community. He has been a leader in the recruitment of minority students and faculty and an uncompromising advocate of women's athletics. As chair of the Faculty Council, he worked to streamline faculty governance and to ensure excellence in classroom instruction.



John DurbinJohn R. Durbin joined the Department of Mathematics in 1964. Since that time, he has been an outstanding faculty leader and advisor to students. For three decades he has held leadership positions on faculty governing bodies, including three years as chair of the Faculty Senate and six years as secretary of the General Faculty and Faculty Council. He has chaired specially appointed University committees dealing with grade inflation, sexual harassment, the quality of undergraduate instruction, and UT development policy. Professor Durbin has taught more than 30 different courses in the field of mathematics.



James AyresJames B. Ayres is Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English. Since 1970, Doc Ayres has presented the plays of William Shakespeare in rural Round Top, Texas, and across the ocean in the Bard's native land. Ayres has literally taken his show on the road, transporting his passion for Shakespeare far beyond the 40 Acres. He has built UT's academic reputation for Shakespeare study and performance while educating and entertaining audiences of all ages.



Waneen SpiridusoWaneen Spirduso has been active in faculty governance, twice serving as chair of the Faculty Senate. She was the first chair of the Women’s Athletics Council and also chaired the Men’s Athletics Council. She is a founder and the director of the Institute for Gerontology, and she has contributed immensely to the development of the Department of Kinesiology, serving as chair from 1974-87. She was also interim dean of the College of Education from 1987-89. The current director of the UT Institute of Aging, she is the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development.



Wayne DanielsonWayne Danielson was a professor of journalism and the holder of the DeWitt Carter Reddick Regent’s Centennial Chair in Communication. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Journalism. He has served as the dean of the Moody College of Communication and was the founding editor of Journalism Abstracts, a journal of doctoral and master’s theses written in departments of journalism and mass communication. For three years he served as director of Project Quest, a program to increase the use of microcomputers in teaching and research at UT Austin. From 1996-98 he directed the Office of Accreditation Studies at the University.


1998 and 1999

No recipient


Gaylord JentzGaylord A. Jentz is the Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor Emeritus in Business Law. He has been a leader on this campus for more than 30 years. Dr. Jentz has served UT’s major legislative bodies--the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Council, and the Graduate Assembly--a total of 29 years. He has served on numerous committees, and he has been chair of the Department of Management Sciences and Information Systems for 12 years. He is the recipient of eight teaching awards and the author of eight textbooks currently in print.



Paul KelleyH. Paul Kelley was a Professor of Educational Psychology and the Director of the Measurement and Evaluation Center. At the time of his death in 2007, he was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Psychology. He served as Secretary of the Faculty Senate and Secretary of the General Faculty for a total of 20 years. Dr. Kelley was an administrative advisor for the Educational Policy Committee for 30 years and served on university, college, and departmental committees too numerous to mention.