AUSTIN, Texas — Eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin have been chosen to receive 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.
The awards program is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.
Each honoree will receive $25,000 and be recognized at ceremony Aug. 19 at the JW Marriott in Austin.
“There is nothing more important at a university than good teaching,” said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. “I thank the UT System and Board of Regents for recognizing the work of these talented faculty members, and I thank the recipients — at UT Austin and across the UT System — for inspiring their students every day.”
Established in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and other criteria in their evaluations including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.
“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders,” said Paul Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents. “With a total award of more than $1.9 million dollars this year, no other university system in the nation is making this kind of an investment in rewarding outstanding faculty. The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students, and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them.”
The 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards recipients from The University of Texas at Austin are:
Christina Bain, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts
- Bharath Chandrasekaran, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Moody College of Communication; and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts
- Robert B. Gilbert, professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
- Sharon E. Jarvis, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication
Christine Julien, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
- Anita Latham, senior lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences
- Juan Miró, professor and associate dean in the School of Architecture
- Jennifer Moon, lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences
- H.W. Perry Jr., associate professor in the Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts; and associate professor in the School of Law
- Rebecca Rossen, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
- Kris Wilson, senior lecturer in the School of Journalism, Moody College of Communication