College of Liberal Arts

UT System Board of Regents Honors Outstanding Teaching

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
(left) Kirsten Bradbury and Domino Perez
(left) Kirsten Bradbury and Domino Perez

The University of Texas System Board of Regents named seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members as recipients of the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA), with two of those recipients from the College of Liberal Arts: Domino Perez, associate professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies; and Kirsten Bradbury, lecturer in the Department of Psychology.

The awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor and recognize faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.

The other 2017 UT Austin ROTA recipients are:

  • Gretchen Charrier, Department of Accounting, McCombs School of Business
  • Katie Gray, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, McCombs School of Business
  • Lee Ann Kahlor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
  • Paola Passalacqua, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Philip Uri Treisman, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences

Recipients of the award each receive a cash award of $25,000.

Of her teaching approach, Perez says “I have come to understand that teaching is not unidirectional; it’s an exchange, a place where past and present meet to impact, hopefully, the future. I may not have all the answers to student questions, but in these instances, I can model for them strategies and methods for researching the information they are seeking, teaching both me and them something in the process. Teaching has allowed me to be a life-long student.”

 

Bradbury says one of the aspects of teaching she enjoys the most “is seeing the extraordinary developmental process that unfolds when students are provided with intellectually stimulating material to challenge their thinking and a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which to question it.”

This year, 56 faculty members from across the UT System’s 14 academic and health institutions were honored by the regents.

“The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards is one of the nation’s largest awards programs to honor exceptional instruction in the university classroom. It is a reflection of the value the University of Texas System and the Board of Regents place on extraordinary teaching and student success, and it represents our profound appreciation to these wonderful educators and the life-changing impact they have on students at UT institutions,” said Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster.

Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate's teaching performance including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

“At UT Austin, excellence centers around our faculty. I am extremely proud of our ROTA winners and their dedication to teaching and helping our students succeed,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin. “It is teachers like them that inspire our students to reach their goals and change the world.”  

Since establishing the awards in 2008, the regents have granted nearly $18 million to more than 700 faculty members across the UT System.

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