"Our faculty members are the heart and soul of our institutions, and they are the most critical factor in student success," said Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. "The Board created the awards program because of our respect and appreciation for these outstanding teachers, and because we want to make sure our institutions continue to be places of educational excellence."
Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Campus and external judges rigorously examined the candidates' teaching performance over three years.
"We are deeply grateful to the Regents for their ongoing commitment to honor our very best and most dedicated faculty," said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. "These awards recognize the immeasurable impact teachers have on our students, who will shape the future of our communities across Texas and the nation."
Additionally, students, peer faculty and external reviewers considered a range of activities and criteria, including classroom expertise, quality of curriculum, innovative course development and student learning outcomes. A teaching portfolio was required to demonstrate pedagogical innovation, continuous improvement of course materials, overall teacher training experience and a statement of teaching philosophy and objectives.
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