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Second Class of Provost’s Teaching Fellows Helps Expand Innovative Teaching

Twenty faculty members named as Provost’s Teaching Fellows will help UT Austin remain a leader in higher education.

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Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, speaks during a recent Campus Conversation event. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Twenty faculty members have been appointed as Provost’s Teaching Fellows, becoming the second group of Fellows in the program to help ensure UT Austin remains a leader in higher education.

The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program, established in 2013, strengthens faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), enhances faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and supports faculty-led projects to improve teaching and learning.

“The new Fellows will bring exciting ideas to the program to expand the innovative teaching already happening at UT every day,” says Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. “A strong foundation of educational leadership keeps UT at the forefront of higher education.”

Six Senior Fellows will take on a variety of leadership roles for two years, such as leading faculty learning communities, reviewing grants to support curricular and pedagogical innovation, and participating in operational governance for CTL.

“Being a Senior Provost Teaching Fellow is such an honor and wonderful opportunity to work with faculty across campus in innovative endeavors to enhance rich learning and teaching environments,” says Carole Taxis, associate professor of clinical nursing.

Fourteen Fellows will receive $25,000 grants to pursue specific projects to improve teaching and learning in their departments, schools or colleges, or at the university. After two years, Fellows may continue to participate in the program as Senior Fellows.

“We are delighted to welcome such a distinguished group of Fellows and Senior Fellows to the program,” says Pat Davis, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy and a Senior Fellow himself.  “Their interests are highly complementary with the initiatives of our current Fellows but will also take us in important new directions that we believe will benefit the broader university community.”

Candidates for the fellowship are nominated by current Fellows, chairs and/or deans. For more information about the program, please visit the website or contact Pat Davis.

2015 Provost’s Senior Teaching Fellows:

  • Calvin Lin, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences
  • Robert Prentice, Department of Business, Government and Society, Red McCombs School of Business
  • Jeremi Suri, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Carole Taxis, School of Nursing
  • Anita Vangelisti, Department of Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication
  • Michael Webber, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

2015 Provost’s Teaching Fellows:

  • Renee Acosta, Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy
  • Tasha Beretvas, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
  • Courtney Byrd, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Moody College of Communication
  • Janet Davis, Departments of American Studies and history, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kathryn Dawson, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
  • Juan Dominguez, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cynthia LaBrake, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
  • Sanford Leeds, Department of Finance, Red McCombs School of Business
  • Brad Love, Department of Advertising, Moody College of Communication
  • Adam Rabinowitz, Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts, and Department of Music, College of Fine Arts
  • Sonia Seeman, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Carolyn Seepersad, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Christopher Shank, Department of Marine Science, College of Natural Sciences
  • Lydia Steinman, Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences