Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Dr. Charles Roeckle (left) and Dr. Alba Ortiz (right) at the Maria Rios 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month event. Photo credit: Alberto Gonzalez.

MALS Teaching Excellence Awards

In 2015, the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin established two annual, named teaching awards to formally acknowledge the contributions of our faculty to teaching excellence. The two awards are named after eminent UT Austin educators:

Dr. Charles Roeckle, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Music

and

Dr. Alba Ortiz, President's Chair for Education Academic Excellence and Professor of Special Education

The Charles Roeckle Undergraduate Teaching Award honors MALS faculty who demonstrate a record of excellence in the undergraduate classroom or laboratory and show exceptional dedication to cultivating future leaders through a rigorous curriculum based in the field of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.

The Alba Ortiz Graduate Teaching Award honors MALS faculty who demonstrate a record of excellence in graduate education as evidenced by their teaching in the graduate classroom and laboratory, mentoring of graduate students, and supervising and/or serving upon student thesis committees as well as the job placement of students under their supervision.

Both awards will be given annually by committee based on course-instructor survey evaluations (CIS scores), student comments, peer teaching observations, and letters of recommendation from students and colleagues. The committee chair will be appointed by the MALS Chair, and will consist of that individual and two other faculty members, including either the CMAS Director, MALS Chair or LRI director and previous winners.

Each award carries a $500 cash prize for the recipient.

Dr. Charles Roeckle Undergraduate Teaching Award Criteria

  • full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have a 50% appointment in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin for at least two academic years;
  • recipients of the award will be eligible to win it again in the sixth academic year following a prior award

Dr. Alba Ortiz Graduate Teaching Award Criteria

  • full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty with a 50% appointment or more in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies who have been in residence at The University of Texas at Austin for at least two academic years prior to the year of nomination;
  • recipients of the award will be eligible to win it again in the sixth academic year following a prior award

These annual awards will be presented in the Spring of every academic year and be recognized at the CMAS-MALS Graduation Ceremony for their achievements.