Seven UTSA faculty selected for Regent's Outstanding Teaching Awards

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Top photo: Aaron Cassill and David Han
Second photo: Randall Manteufel and Elizabeth Pate
Third photo: Can Saygin and Heather Shipley
Bottom photo: Daniel Tablada

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(Aug. 23, 2012) -- Among sixty-five faculty members from institutions across the University of Texas System, seven UTSA professors were honored Wednesday, Aug. 22 by the UT System Board of Regents as recipients of the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

UTSA's 2012 award recipients include the following:

  • Aaron Cassill, professor, College of Sciences (Biology)
  • David Han, assistant professor, College of Business (Management Science and Statistics)
  • Randall Manteufel, associate professor, College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Elizabeth Pate, professor, College of Education and Human Development (Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching)
  • Can Saygin, associate professor, College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Heather Shipley, assistant professor, College of Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Daniel Tablada, lecturer II, College of Business (Marketing)

"We are honored to again have several of our faculty selected as recipients of the Regents' awards and especially pleased to see so many different academic areas represented in this year's class," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We know we have the best professors in Texas here at UTSA and this recognition is a testament to that."

With the seven newest recipients, a total of 25 UTSA faculty members have received the Regents' award. A list of past UTSA recipients is available on the Faculty Awards website.

"We have a responsibility as a board to support, encourage and reward our most innovative and effective educators. These annual awards help advance a culture of excellence and recognize outstanding performance in the classroom and laboratory that directly benefit our students for life," Regents Chairman Gene Powell said. "On behalf of the Board of Regents, I congratulate each of these dedicated professionals for their commitment to exceptional teaching and providing an education of the first class for our students."

The $25,000-per-teacher monetary awards, offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, are the Board of Regents' highest teaching honor. The financial awards this year total more than $2.6 million for faculty at both the academic and health campuses and are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance and, given the depth and breadth of talent across the UT System, one of the nation's most competitive.

Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. In the competition for the awards, faculty candidates were subjected to rigorous examination of their teaching performance over three years by campus and external examiners.

"The UT System and the Board of Regents believe educating young minds is paramount for the future of this great state and nation," said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. "These awards honor those educators who have produced proven results and have had a great impact on our students."

Established by the Board of Regents in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards complement a wide range of systemwide efforts that underscore the Board of Regents' commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity.

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The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health-care professionals annually. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $13.1 billion (FY 2012) including $2.3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With roughly 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.