Department of English

Pat Garcia Wins the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence

Thu, June 13, 2019
Pat Garcia Wins the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Pat Garcia

Congratulations to Pat Garcia for winning the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence! This is a well-deserved recognition of her years of devoted teaching for English and also for the Free Minds Program, UTeach, and MALS. Pat says that the best part about winning teaching awards is reading the letters from students recommending her. In Pat's own words: "the things they value about my courses are not the texts and projects as much as the sense of place we create in the classroom, a place where students learn to be their authentic selves in a university space." For more on Pat's teaching philosophy, check out this article by UT Austin Flags!

Pat will be teaching on the Oxford Program this summer, and next summer she will both teach and direct the Program. She has outlined her plans for the future of the program: "I plan to build on the success and reputation of the program, and I’m excited that we have added a creative writing course on travel writing to our curriculum (taught by Oscar Casáres). I hope to build up our digital profile with more social media posts about our Oxford students and program as part of the department’s plan to develop an Oxford alumni and friends/supporters network." 

We are excited to see what Pat has in store for the future of the English Department!

Faculty Bio

Patricia M. García is a lecturer in the department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies.  Her research interests include Renaissance literature, Chicano/a literature, gender studies, English pedagogy, and service-learning methodologies.  She serves as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the South Central Renaissance Conference and as an associate editor for the journal Seventeenth Century News.

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