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Board of Regents Honors 11 UT Austin Faculty Members for Teaching Excellence

Eleven faculty members from UT Austin have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System Board of Regents.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Each honoree will receive $25,000 and be recognized at a ceremony in Austin on Aug. 24 at the JW Marriott. 

The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award is the Board of Regents’ highest honor and is offered annually in recognition of faculty members at The University of Texas System’s nine academic and six health institutions. 

Established in 2008, 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. 

“I am extremely proud of our faculty members recognized by the regents for their commitment to excellence in teaching,” said Judith Langlois, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin. “Our faculty challenge, inspire and motivate their students on a daily basis. These faculty members deserve recognition for their dedication to educating the leaders of tomorrow.”       

The 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipients are:​
•    Lucy Atkinson, assistant professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations
•    Daniel Birkholz, associate professor, Department of English
•    Andrew Carlson, clinical assistant professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
•    Richard Corsi, professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
•    Janet Davis, associate professor, Department of American Studies
•    Michael Drew, assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience
•    Anthony Dudo, assistant professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations
•    Donna Kornhaber, assistant professor, Department of English
•    Robert Quigley, senior lecturer, School of Journalism
•    Anita Vangelisti, professor, Department of Communication Studies
•    Philip Varghese, professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

“UT educators provide invaluable mentorship and deliver high-quality instruction and innovation while enhancing the minds of the nation’s next leaders. Their deep commitment to outstanding education ensures student success across the System,” Chairman Paul L. Foster said. “The Board of Regents is honored to recognize our dedicated faculty members through the ROTA program.”

To be considered for the award, 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 criteria in their evaluations of a candidate’s teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes