Purpose of the Academy 
Academy Activities 
Selection Process for Academy Members (2013-2014) 
Selection Criteria 
Application Materials 
Recognition of Academy Members 
Frequently Asked Questions 
List of Academy Members 
In 2012, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers was established to recognize outstanding educators across the nine University of Texas System academic institutions, including The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Brownsville, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of Texas at Tyler.
The Academy recognizes educators who have demonstrated leadership in education and are committed to improving learning across the UT System. Members of the Academy serve as the System-level advisory and advocacy group dedicated to fostering classroom innovation, promoting interdisciplinary educational perspectives, and catalyzing the sharing of best practices across campuses in the UT System.
To actively advocate for exemplary undergraduate learning across the UT System.
Membership in the Academy is to be honorific based on achievement coupled with a commitment to serve the mission of the Academy.
Academy members are expected to participate in Academy activities. Initial members will:
- Develop Academy bylaws.
- Further refine membership criteria and evaluation processes.
- Determine future recognitions of members.
- Develop steering committees for matters related to teaching.
- Develop mechanisms for discussion and dissemination of best pedagogical practices including workshops, symposia, etc.
Using a campus-based selection process, each institution will identify its nominees and submit them for consideration. Nominees must have received a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and have tenure or equivalent rank for contingent faculty (senior lecturer and above). Between four and six new Academy members will be selected.
Nominations must be submitted to UT System by the president or provost. Each institution may nominate no more than two past Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award winners for Academy consideration.
All Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award winners are excellent teachers. Membership in the Academy will be based on extraordinary contributions in the classroom and to the educational mission of the UT System, as demonstrated in:
- Sustained teaching excellence and extraordinary commitment to teaching
- Innovation in the classroom
- Impact on students’ intellectual and career development
- Effective and inspiring links between teaching and scholarship
- Interdisciplinary perspective and fostering discussions across departments
- Collaborating with colleagues at all levels to improve teaching practice and learning strategies
- Pedagogical leadership
- A clear vision for improving teaching within The University of Texas System
The nomination packet shall include:
- A cover page listing the nominee’s name and title, department, university, and contact information.
- An updated CV.
- A one-page statement from the nominating institution (such as the provost or selection committee) demonstrating how the nominee is distinguished from other Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award winners, based on the selection criteria above.
- A one-page statement from the nominee describing why he or she desires to be an Academy member.
- The original Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award packet in a single PDF. The nominee has the option to minimally modify their ROTA file through updates to tables, award lists and publications, etc., but is not to replace or add more letters of reference, essays or sections.
Nomination Packets should be submitted electronically to Roberta Rincon at firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively, a CD or USB flash drive containing all of the nomination materials can be mailed to Ms. Roberta Rincon, The University of Texas System, Office of Academic Affairs, 601 Colorado St., Austin, TX, 78701. All application materials are due to UT System by December 15, 2013 .
Academy membership is a prestigious honor. To maintain the high caliber of the Academy, membership will be recognized in both immediate and ongoing fashions.
- Annual induction ceremony for new members
- Ongoing recognition for all Academy members will include:
- Designation as a member of “The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers”
- Achievement widely acknowledged and publicized in System and university documents, such as department websites, letterhead, and email signatures
- Due to the expected time commitment involved with Academy membership, institutions are encouraged to consider participation in the Academy as equivalent to a departmental service commitment.
Who is eligible to be nominated for the Academy?
First, nominees must be past recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. In addition, nominees must be either faculty who have earned tenure (i.e., associate professor or professor) or non-tenure-track individuals whose primary role is teaching and who hold academic titles such as senior lecturer or distinguished senior lecturer.
Is a tenure-track faculty member currently under review for tenure eligible?
A tenure-track faculty member going up for tenure may be nominated to the Academy during the same year that his/her tenure case is considered. If the faculty member is selected by the review committee, his/her induction into the Academy will be contingent upon his/her earning tenure.