Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards


Nominations for the 2017 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are due Monday, March 20, 2017.

For more information about previous years’ awards (2008-2016), including past winners, please see the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards webpage. Questions regarding the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program may be directed to:


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 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 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.

Nomination Materials Required

The materials for each nominee must be no longer than 75 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:

1. 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

2. A Table of Contents

3. Student Learning Outcomes

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

4. Student Evaluations of Teaching

  • Record of student evaluations for each course taught over the last three years. Statistical results should be tabulated and compared against college norms.
  • Three (3) letters of support from current or recent students

5. Teaching Evaluations from Non-Student Sources

  • Two (2) letters of support from peer faculty
  • Letter of support from chair of department
  • Evidence of teaching awards (may be listed in CV or may submit copies of award letters)

6. Teaching portfolio prepared by each candidate with the following included

  • A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy
  • The syllabi for three courses taught in the last three years
  • Examples of course materials for three different courses
  • Evidence of continuous improvement of course materials
  • Evidence of pedagogical innovations
  • Curriculum vitae


Submitting Nominations

Electronic nominations may be submitted to . Alternatively, a CD or USB flash drive containing all of the nomination materials for a campus can be mailed to, 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.

For more information, please email .