College of Liberal Arts

Awards, Fellowships Recognize Teaching Excellence

Mon, Jun 3, 2019
College of Liberal Arts Building
College of Liberal Arts Building

The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Liberal Arts are honoring 22 faculty members in the college for their teaching excellence. Recipients of university-wide teaching awards for 2018-19 include:

Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award

Pamela Paxton, professor in the Department of Sociology, received the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award for 2019, which is granted once every three years to a current faculty member for research, teaching, or demonstration of activities that contribute to changes of positive value to society. She will receive a $6,000 honorarium with the award. 

President's Associates Teaching Excellence AwardThe President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate education in the core curriculum and engagement with curriculum reform and educational innovation. The 2018-19 recipients from the College of Liberal Arts, each of whom will receive a $5,000 honorarium, include: 

  • Bethany Albertson, associate professor, Government;
  • Daina R. Berry, professor, History;
  • Shannon Cavanagh, associate professor, Sociology;
  • Gloria González-López, professor, Sociology

Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships

H.W. Brands, professor in the Department of History, and Neville Hoad, associate professor in the Department of English, were named recipients of 2019-20 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships. The fellowships recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at UT Austin. They will each receive a $5,000 honorarium with the award. 

Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching

Ashley Farmer assistant professor in Department of History, received the 2019 Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching. Recipients must demonstrate a warm spirit, a concern for society and the individual, and the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to independent inquiry and creative thought. The nomination and selection process for the $4,500 award is done solely by students.

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

H.W. Perry, associate professor of Government, was the 2018 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship Award recipient. The $25,000 annual award, established in 1983 by the Friar Society, goes to a full-time, tenured or tenure-track undergraduate professor, and is the largest award for undergraduate teaching excellence at the university.

The College of Liberal Arts has also recognized 13 professors for excellence in teaching with the following awards and fellowships: 

Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship 

The 2019-20 Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to Sarah Brayne, assistant professor of sociology. Established in 1989, the fellowship recognizes exemplary performance and a commitment to teaching, and provides a one-year fellowship appointment and a $3,000 salary supplement for the 2019-20 fall semester.

Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award

Rachel V. González-Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, received a Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award for the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes junior faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who exemplify outstanding teaching. The award provides a $5,000 honorarium to the recipient.

Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence 

 Rhonda Evans, senior lecturer in the Department of Government, and Patricia García, lecturer in the Department of English, received the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes their consistent level of teaching excellence, and they will each receive a $5,000 honorarium with the award. 

Leslie Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Michael Anderson, senior lecturer in the Department of Government, received a Leslie Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes outstanding teaching in foreign language instruction and in honors courses. He will receive a $5,000 honorarium with the award. 

Student Council Endowed Teaching Award

The Student Council Endowed Teaching Award was bestowed on four college faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes consistent promotion of educational excellence in teaching students in the college. Recipients will each receive a $3,000 honorarium. They include:

  • Simone Browne, associate professor, African and African Diaspora Studies;
  • Mehdi Haghshenas, senior lecturer, Sociology;
  • Tracie Matysik, associate professor, History;
  • Caroline Thomas, assistant professor, Economics

Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Four college faculty members received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. This award recognizes a faculty member’s consistent commitment to educational excellence. Award recipients are nominated by members of the Silver Spurs student organization, and receive a $10,000 salary supplement. Recipients are:

  • Chris Beevers, professor, Psychology;
  • Mark Lawrence, associate professor, History;
  • Tom Palaima, professor, Classics;
  • Jayme Walenta, lecturer, Geography and the Environment.
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