Regents' Outstanding
Teaching Awards

Michael Crain

Director of Entrepreneurial Development

Department of Management

UT Permian Basin

An effective teacher should have a passion for teaching that delivers a caring attitude that promotes positive energy in developing a learning environment.

Teaching is the development of visions, collectively with a sense of passion to ensure opportunity, guidance and personal validation. Course-of-action is relevant to our vision, and intended to serve as a guide to achieve success. Opportunity provides an encouraging combination of circumstances, development and prospects that make available a chance to improve oneself. Guidance typically offers advice, direction and instruction, while influencing, cultivating and nourishing the ability to learn. Personal validation enables each student to feel significant, "they matter," while acknowledging their talents, interests and aspirations. Meaning, "We together can do this!"