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Signature Course Connects New Students with Award-Winning Faculty

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.

2013 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

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.

  • Jay L. Banner: UGS 303 Sustaining a Planet
  • Amit Bhasin: UGS 302 Materials Science & Technology
  • Steven R. Biegalski: UGS 303 How Things Work
  • Henry A. Dietz: UGS 302 Poverty/Inequality in Latin America
  • Matt Fajkus: UGS 303 Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspectives on Sustainable Design
  • Toyin Falola: UGS 302 Africa in Films: History and Knowledge
  • James A. Karboski: UGS 302