Since 2008, the School of Undergraduate Studies has recruited distinguished professors from all colleges and schools to teach the Signature Course, a rigorous interdisciplinary course taken during students’ first year on campus. Part of the 42-hour core curriculum required for every UT degree, these courses put new students in front of award-winning professors who help them adjust to college-level academics and explore new interests.
Every semester in classrooms across campus, Signature Course professors demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and interdisciplinary learning, as well as a passion for nurturing the university’s newest students. Their exceptional work and innovative approaches earn them awards and recognition, along with the gratitude of each year’s incoming class.
This year, eight Signature Course professors are among the 26 UT Austin faculty members to receive the prestigious Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
This award recognizes professors who demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Learn more about the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Faculty from UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers have been teaching Signature Courses since they were first offered during the 2008-2009 school year. To date, over 30 academy members have taught Signature Courses and all but five of those have taught courses multiple semesters. Eight members have taught Signature Courses every year since the program’s inception.
This year, the following 13 academy members are teaching Signature Courses.
The Academy of Distinguished Teachers consists of 5% of the university’s tenured faculty. Membership rewards those who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality and depth of undergraduate teaching. Learn more about UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Professor Starbird and Professor Davis are also members of the University of Texas System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.