Regents' Outstanding
Teaching Awards

Photo of Denise Boots

Denise Boots, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Criminology Program

UT Dallas

"My first priorities as a teacher are to engage student interest on even the most complex criminological topics, motivate students to perform at their personal best, and to nurture critical thinking skills. My most rewarding teaching experiences have come while witnessing students learning from each other, whether that be through the open discussion of the pros and cons of a theory, the candid sharing of traumatic life events and their consequences, or when students critique existing assumptions or crime myths and rise to a new level of awareness. Our truly exceptional students here at UT Dallas inspire me as an educator."