College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Faculty Inducted into Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Wed, May 24, 2017
Janet Davis (left) and James Cox
Janet Davis (left) and James Cox

Two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have been inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin.

English professor James Cox and American studies and history associate professor Janet Davis were two of the six inductees selected through a rigorous evaluation process by a committee comprised of faculty members who are current members of the Academy, faculty members who are not in the Academy, students, and university administrators.

The 2017 inductees are:

  • James Cox, professor, English and Mexican American studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Tracy Dahlby, professor, journalism, Moody College of Communication
  • Janet Davis, associate professor, American studies and history, College of Liberal Arts
  • Marianne Gedigian, professor, music, College of Fine Arts
  • Kristen Grauman, associate professor, computer science, College of Natural Sciences
  • Kumar Muthuraman, professor, information, risk, and operations management, McCombs School of Business

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers is emblematic of the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching. Comprising of approximately five percent of the tenured faculty in the university, the Academy provides leadership in improving the quality and depth of the undergraduate experience.

Members of the Academy advise the president and provost on matters related to the university’s instructional mission; participate in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching effectiveness; and serve as mentors to new faculty.

Members are awarded the title Distinguished Teaching Professor, and serve for the duration of their tenure at UT Austin.

The inductees will be honored at the annual Academy of Distinguished Teachers dinner in October.

For more information about the award, readers can visit: provost.utexas.edu/awards/academy-distinguished-teachers

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