Department of English

Adjunct Professor George Christian, Professor James Garrison, and Professor Douglas Bruster win Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Thu, August 23, 2012
Adjunct Professor George Christian, Professor James Garrison, and Professor Douglas Bruster win Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
Adjunct Professor George Christian, Professor James Garrison, Professor Douglas Bruster

The Department of English congratulates Adjunct Professor George Christian, Professor James Garrison, and Professor Douglas Bruster, recipients of the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Regents’ Teaching Awards, now in their fourth year, recognize faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. In order to receive an award, nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. 

This year there are 65 recipients within the UT System, 27 of whom teach at UT Austin. The awards, which range individually from $15,000 to $30,000, are believed to be the highest in the country for rewarding outstanding undergraduate faculty performance and innovation.

The rigorous selection process subjects candidates to a three-year teaching performance assessment by campus and external examiners, as well as evaluations by students, peer faculty, and external reviewers. Candidates must also provide a teaching portfolio detailing pedagogical innovation, continuous improvement of course materials, overall teacher training experience, and a statement of teaching philosophy and objectives.

Christian, Garrison, and Bruster have consistently exhibited commitment to excellence in the classroom and substantial dedication to their students, serving as academic mentors and vehicles of inspiration.   

George Christian is a Plan II graduate of UT, where he also earned his law degree, M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in English. He is currently working toward a second Ph.D. in Modern European History. Christian is a practicing lawyer who has taught British Literature for five years, and he specializes in the nineteenth-century English novel. He has published numerous articles on Victorian novels by Carlyle, Dickens, Trollope, Hardy, and Gissing. His current research interests include the relationship of law and literature in the nineteenth-century English novel and the history of Scotland during the French Revolution.




James D. Garrison attended Princeton and The University of California Berkeley, receiving his PhD in English in 1972. Since 1973 he has taught at UT, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006. He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden -- Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric and Pietas from Vergil to Dryden -- as well as articles on Dryden, Gray, and Gibbon. His book A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy appeared in 2009 and in 2011 he received the Chad Oliver Award for Teaching Excellence in Plan II. He holds the Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature and the title Distinguished Teaching Professor.




Douglas Bruster’s research centers on Shakespeare, with emphasis as well on modern playwrights like David Mamet and David Hare. His books on Shakespeare and early modern drama include Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare, Quoting Shakespeare, Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, Prologues to Shakespeare’s Theatre, To Be or Not To Be and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance. He is editor of Thomas Middleton’s The Changeling, and the morality plays Everyman and Mankind. In addition to the University of Texas, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Paris. He holds the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professorship in American and English Literature.

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