(July 31, 2015) -- Seven UTSA faculty have been selected to receive Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards from the University of Texas System for 2015.
The UTSA award recipients represent six different departments and five colleges. They are:
Kathryn Brown, associate professor, Department of Anthropology (COLFA)
Kirsten Gardner, associate professor, Department of History (COLFA)
Patricia Jaramillo, lecturer, Department of Public Administration (COPP)
Jerome Keating, professor, Department of Management Science & Statistics (COB)
Ram Krishnan, assistant professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (COE)
Deborah Moon Wagner, lecturer, Department of Anthropology (COLFA)
Valerie Sponsel, professor, Department of Biology (COS)
They are among 79 faculty from the 15 academic and health institutions that comprise the UT System to receive Regents' Awards for 2015. Recipients will be recognized formally Aug. 19 in Austin.
With the 2015 recipients, 40 UTSA faculty now have received Regents' Awards in recognition of extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Nominees undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty 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.
"The Regents' Awards program is extremely competitive, and I want to congratulate this year's recipients on their success. Moreover, I want to thank them for the enthusiasm they bring to their work every day," said John H. Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "These educators represent diverse disciplines and use a variety of teaching methods in their classrooms. But what they all do have in common is an abiding commitment to the success of their students, and with that, an earnestness about being lifelong learners themselves."
The Regents' Awards were established in 2008 and, with a monetary award of $25,000, are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance.
"These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders," Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. "With a total award of more than $1.9 million 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."
By virtue of their selection for the 2015 Regents' Awards, the seven UTSA recipients also will be inducted into the university's Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars later this fall.
Learn more about the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards.
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Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
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Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
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Student Union, University Career Center, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio
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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
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Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
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Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
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