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Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

In recognition of former UTSA College of Engineering professor and mentor Richard “Dick” Howe and with support from community leader and philanthropist Edith McAllister, this award recognizes UTSA tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track professors for developing signature learning experiences for undergraduates.

Signature undergraduate experiences include creative applied or experiential learning beyond the traditional classroom environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, extending understanding of the discipline by

  • Leading students in a study abroad experience,
  • Designing and overseeing community-based or service-learning experiences,
  • Actively mentoring undergraduates in research

Specific examples of previous recipients’ undergraduate signature learning experiences include:

College of Business: The award recipient supervised a yearlong experience including a two-semester sequence on wealth and asset building in low-income communities followed by a paid summer internship in community economic development. In addition to the course content on asset building, the courses included service projects on financial literacy with middle and high school students, which were supported by grants from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

College of Liberal & Fine Arts: The award recipient took classroom learning to the community. In a course on the Holocaust, students organized community lectures on anti-Semitism as well as raised funds for a UTSA scholarship for the study of human rights. For a course on food politics, students worked in the community cooking and delivering meals through Meals on Wheels. Students engaged in discussions of fair housing while assisting with home building through Habitat for Humanity.

College of Sciences: The award recipient mentored undergraduate students for a sustained period in a research laboratory so they could complete thesis research. Student were also mentored and provided opportunities to present their results at national and international scientific conferences.

There will be two Howe Award recipients for 2015. Each recipient receives $2,000 from the Richard S. Howe Endowment. Eligible faculty are full-time and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at UTSA.

NOTE: This is a separate award from the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award, which is open to faculty and staff.

Timeline – 2015-2016

Nov. 10, 2015: 
Call for nominations
Jan. 29, 2016: 
Deadline for Deans to upload nominations to SharePoint
March 21-25, 2016: 
Provost's Office notifies award recipients
April 14, 2016: 
University Excellence Awards Ceremony


Two recipients will be selected to receive the award for 2015. Each college may submit a maximum number of nominees (based on the size of the college) for the award. Recipients of the Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award are eligible for re-nomination after a five-year period.


Maximum Number
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University College


Honors College


Four UTSA faculty receive 2011 Richard S. Howe teaching awards

Three UTSA faculty members receive inaugural 2010 Howe teaching awards


Past Recipients

James Johnson
, Mechanical Engineering

Kolleen Guy, associate professor, Department of History
Jason Yaeger, professor, Department of Anthropology

Donovan Fogt, associate professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Anita Leffel, senior lecturer, Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, and assistant director, Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Ronald Sweet, lecturer II, Department of Finance

Lucila Ek, associate professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Mary McNaughton-Cassill, associate professor, Department of Psychology
Richard Jones, professor, Department of Political Science and Geography
Robert Lengel, associate professor, Department of Management, and associate dean, College of Business

Cory Hallam, senior lecturer, Department of Information Systems, and director, Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Lisa Montoya, senior lecturer, Department of Economics, and associate dean for undergraduate studies, College of Business
Valerie Sponsel, associate professor, Department of Biology