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Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
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The Call for Nominations for the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards was issued on October 15, 2014. Nominations are due on or before March 23, 2015.

For more information about previous years’ awards (2008-2014), including past winners, please see the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards webpage. Questions regarding the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program may be directed to Chad Pomerleau at rota@utsystem.edu.

Overview
The Nominations Process
Nomination Materials Required
Submitting Nominations
Selection Criteria
The Selection Process
List of Past Award Recipients

Overview

The UT System’s vision as an “institution of the first class” includes a commitment to continuous improvement in the quality of the education its faculty provide to its students. Various programs exist at the institutional and System levels that recognize teaching excellence, but few focus exclusively on undergraduate education. The Board of Regents places the highest priority on undergraduate teaching at System universities. The Regents encourage teaching excellence by recognizing faculty that deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction through demonstrated excellence in teaching and a promising future of sustained excellence in all aspects of instruction.

In November 2008, the Board of Regents introduced the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for the nine academic institutions. The awards are a symbol of the importance placed on the provision of teaching and learning of the highest order. The awards are offered in recognition of those who serve our students in an exemplary manner and as an incentive for others who aspire to such service.

The Regents have allocated $1 million per year for UT Austin faculty and an additional $1 million per year to faculty at UT Arlington, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler. The awards involve one-time payments of $25,000 to individual faculty. Within the two groups, the maximum number of awards permitted is: 20 awards for tenured faculty, nine awards for tenure-track faculty, and nine awards for contingent faculty (including adjuncts, lecturers, and instructional assistants).

The Nominations Process

Candidate selection will be a rigorous campus-based process, relying heavily on student and peer faculty evaluations within academic departments followed by various stages of evaluation at the department and college levels. Recommendation from the campus president is required for all candidates.

UT Austin

No more than 76 candidates may be recommended per year.

UT Arlington, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler

Each campus president may nominate no more than the following number of faculty in each classification:

 

Tenured

Tenure-Track

Contingent

UT Arlington

8

3

4

UT Brownsville

3

2

2

UT Dallas

6

2

2

UT El Paso

6

3

3

UT Pan American

5

3

2

UT Permian Basin

1

1

1

UT San Antonio

8

3

3

UT Tyler

2

1

1

Nomination Materials Required

The materials for each nominee must be no longer than 150 pages and compiled as a single PDF document bearing the nominee’s last name and campus (e.g., Smith-UTARL.pdf). Note that nomination materials will not be returned.

The following evidence must be provided in the nomination packet, with additional evidence included at the nominee’s discretion, organized as follows:

A cover page listing the following information:

  • Nominee’s name and title (ex: John Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor);
  • Department and university names;
  • Summer contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address.

A Table of Contents

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Examples of recent assessments used to ascertain student attainment of learning outcomes, such as end of the course exams, assessment of higher order thinking, analytical ability; and
  • Examples of student engagement in learning (such as active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or undergraduate research).

Student Evaluations of Teaching

  • Record of student evaluations for each course taught, for a minimum of three years. Refrain from submitting individual student evaluations or comments. Statistical results should be tabulated and compared against college norms; and
  • Three-to-five letters of support from current or recent students.

Teaching Evaluations from Non-Student Sources

  • Letter(s) of support from peer faculty;
  • Letter of support from chair of department;
  • Letter of support from dean of the college;
  • Evidence of teaching awards (may be listed in CV or may submit copies of award letters); and
  • Letter from Center for Teaching Effectiveness or similar offices, if available.

Teaching portfolio prepared by each candidate, with the following included:

  • Syllabus of a recent course;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, objectives, and commitment teaching undergraduates;
  • Continuous improvement of course materials;
  • Examples of course materials;
  • Pedagogical innovations;
  • Teacher training experience; and
  • Curriculum vitae.

It is also suggested, but not required, to include examples of student work. 

Submitting Nominations

Electronic nominations may be submitted to Chad Pomerleau at cpomerleau@utsystem.edu. Alternatively, a CD or USB flash drive containing all of the nomination materials for a campus can be mailed to Chad Pomerleau, The University of Texas System, Office of Academic Affairs, 601 Colorado St., Austin, TX, 78701.

Selection Criteria

Award nominees must clearly demonstrate their commitment to teaching and a sustained capability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. The review of portfolios is expected to evaluate teaching excellence using the following criteria:

  • Sustained high performance in student exit (end-of-course) evaluations for more than one undergraduate course, at any undergraduate level; evidence to include high evaluation scores and trends, absence of grade inflation patterns, and positive written comments.
  • Peer review evaluation of curriculum quality, classroom expertise, and demonstrated focus on learning outcomes and assessment of those outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to link faculty scholarship with innovative course development, content, and intellectual challenges that together inspire students’ curiosity and creativity, and promote student engagement in the learning process.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.
  • Commitment to high quality undergraduate education from participation in teacher training and/or academic teaching conferences.
  • Appropriate use of technology in the classroom, integrated into the curriculum to foster active student engagement.
  • Evidence of teaching awards already received at department, college or university levels or elsewhere (professional discipline associations).
  • Evidence of discipline-related interaction with students beyond the classroom, such as sponsorship of student organizations, sponsorship of scholastic fraternities, field experiences, and undergraduate research.
  • Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including mentoring students, service learning, engagement, advising, and undergraduate thesis advising.

The Selection Process

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) administers the program on behalf of the UT System Board of Regents. The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs appoints a selection committee to determine the awards.  OAA staff reviews and forwards applications to the selection committee for consideration. OAA compiles the results of the committees’ evaluations and identify any applications that require further review. Members of the Board of Regents make the final determination on the award recipients.

Actual awards are made on the strength of individual faculty, not proportionally by campus. The evaluation of candidates is complete by late April, and institutions and candidates are notified of award decisions in late May. Awardees are presented to the Board of Regents at their meeting in August, and a ceremony follows the meeting. To be eligible to receive the monetary award, selected candidates must be employed at a University of Texas institution as of the date of the distribution of the awards. Past Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipients may be eligible for nomination again four years after their most recent award, provided they fully meet the criteria for nomination as described above.

For more information, please email rota@utsystem.edu.

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