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.
The Academy is a formal organization of distinguished scholars of the first order recognized for their teaching excellence, and is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning across the UT System.
The goals of the Academy are to:
- Recognize and reward outstanding educators for their exceptional contributions
- Foster and promote improved teaching and learning across the UT System
- Foster and promote education innovation across the UT System Foster and promote educational discourse and initiatives across the state
The Academy is intended to be an elite organization, with membership based on excellence in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels combined with extraordinary contributions to the educational mission of the UT System. Membership in the Academy will be lifelong. The Academy expects the members to continue to perform educational effort, to promote educational excellence, and to participate actively in the activities that promote the Academy’s mission.
The call for nominations will be issued in the fall of each academic year. No more than six new members will be inducted each year.
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.
The Academy approved its bylaws in March 2014. The current bylaws can be found here  .
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.