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Where Do We Go From Here? 

The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers’ 

Virtual Conference on Teaching in Texas 

On April 7-9, 2021, The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers hosted a three-day virtual conference on the topic of teaching in higher education in the state of Texas. Approximately 300 faculty members from across the 13 UT institutions attended sessions in which they were invited to reflect, collaborate, and imagine what’s next for teaching and institutions. 

Watch the Conference Recordings Below: 

Day 1, April 7 – Improving the Culture of Teaching and Learning on Campus 

Day 2, April 8 – Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 

Day 3, April 9 – Compassion, Connection, & Change 

2021 ADT Conference Resources 

 

The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching


Published in April 2015, this book was written by members of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers - the only system-wide academy of teaching excellence in America. Each short chapter offers expert teaching tips and thoughtful reflections on classroom learning. To learn more about this publication, listen to the KERA Think interview with Drs. Brent Iverson and John Sibert.

The Academy provides the eight UT academic institutions with copies of the The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching for new faculty orientation each fall semester.

  • eBook - In March 2019, the Academy published a digital version of The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching for free, making this text available to all new instructors at a UT academic institution. This eBook is now available for download as an iBook in the Apple Bookstore via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-little-orange-book/id1455425472?ls=1&mt=11
    • The Academy is in the process of publishing another digital version of The Little Orange Book on Google Books tentatively scheduled for publication during late 2019.
  • Hardcover - Click the link to purchase a hardcover copy of The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Teaching.

 

The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching

In April 2020, the Academy published its second book, The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching, which can be purchased through UT Press via this link:

https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/ut-system-little-orange-book-ii

 

LOBlog

In addition to its book projects, the Academy launched a blog on October 2018, which features written pieces on best practices in teaching penned by both Academy Fellows and guest writers from across UT System. Check out our blog here.

 

UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Induction Ceremony

A recurring initiative, the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers inducts new members each April. Learn more about becoming a member here.

 

ROTA Teaching Forum

Each August, the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers hosts a teaching forum for recipients of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA) from UT academic institutions. Discussions range from sharing best practices on teaching and designing assignments to creating student-centered classroom environments.