OIT Collaborates with the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

February 23, 2018

ADTS 5 person panel sitting at a table with a screen behind them

(ADTS at a panel discussion on “Instructor Initiated Student Drop.”)


Written by: Danicia Steele, Communications Specialist


In spring 2018, the UTSA Office of Information Technology's (OIT's) Video Production Group (VPG) and Customer Relations, Communications, and Training (CRCT) team collaborated with the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS). ADTS was founded in 2012 by the UTSA Provost to honor outstanding faculty who symbolize teaching excellence. The Academy is made up of over 30 UTSA faculty members who are also recipients of the UT Systems Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. 

The Shared Experiences Forum is divided into two different parts. The first half is designed to let the panelists share their thoughts on pre-planned questions. Once the panelists share their insights on the topic, there is an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Professor in Practice Thomas Cannon, Jd.D., with the UTSA College of Business, served as the moderator and the panel was made up of the following UTSA faculty:

  1. Steven Levitt – Professor, Department of Communication
  2. Donna Miller– Lecturer I, Department of Sociology
  3. Oak DeBerg – Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Classics
  4. Gregg Michel – Associate Professor, Department of History

Jose Carrillo with a video camera setup for as live stream of the event

(Jose Carrillo filming the ADTS Shared Experiences Forum live stream.)

ADTS hosted a live stream for the Shared Experiences Forum on February 14 featuring “Instructor Initiated Student Drop.” During the first half of the forum, the panelists elaborated on how research revealed the main reason students weren’t passing classes was due to low attendance and missing assignments. Therefore, UTSA approved the Instructor Initiated Student Drop policy to allow faculty to drop students that fail to attend a certain amount of classes or turn in assignments. The policy was piloted in 2017 and went live across campus as of spring 2018. Student drops create room for students in need of the course that are waitlisted.


James and Gerard sitting behind a sound mixer machine during the event livestream

(From left to right: James Borrego and Gerard Bustos livestreaming the Shared Experiences Forum.)


During the event, Video Production Manager Gerard Bustos was the livestream producer, and Senior Producer James Borrego served as the technical director. Additionally, Video Producers Stephen Matthews and Jose Carrillo operated the cameras. The live stream is beneficial to a significant amount of faculty who are unable to attend in person and provides an opportunity for those viewers to watch the forum at their convenience on the UTSA Provost website.

The forum takes place each semester in UTSA Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22) and is open to all UTSA faculty. Light snacks and beverages are provided and faculty receive a certificate for attending the forum after completing a survey.

For more information on ADTS, please click here.

To view the ADTS Share Experience Forum Video, click here.