Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards. Class of 2017
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Alexis E. Racelis, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology and School for Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences

College of Sciences

UT Rio Grande Valley

One thing I am consistently reminded of in this job is that people respond well to people who care.

My goal as a teacher is to provide my students with a new way to see the world, through an ecological lens which enables them to recognize relationships among the different and diverse elements of their world. Ultimately, I want my students to be empowered with knowledge, skills, and abilities to not only understand the implications of these connections in the context of our real-world challenges, but to be compelled to use these attributes to address these challenges through research, informed action, and leadership. To this end, I challenge my students in my classes through hands-on experiences and culturally relevant pedagogy, and in my lab through participatory action research and service learning.