A group of eight professors from The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA) in San Antonio, Texas recently won this year’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, care of The University of Texas System, according to a recent press release.
Each selected winner is awarded $25,000 and recognition during a ceremony on the 20th of August at UT Austin. The UT System will be granting $2.4 million worth of awards this year to the most esteemed professors working under its 15 affiliated universities and health centers.
According to the President of the UT Health Science Center, Dr. William L. Henrich, MACP, the 8 chosen awardees have proven to be notably commendable in their respective contributions of “leadership, service and passion” in the field of education, and that they uphold the Health Science Center’s culture of excellence.
The awardees from the UTHSC in San Antonio are the following:
- William P. Clarke, Ph.D. — a teacher of pharmacology for 19 years who created a new postgraduate course called “Fundamentals of Biomedical Science.“
- Archie A. Jones, DDS, MBA — a teacher of periodontics for 33 years and director of the Predoctoral Division of Periodontics.
- Linda M. McManus, Ph.D. — a teacher of pathology and member of the faculty of the Barshop Institute for Longevity & Aging Studies.
- Jay I. Peters, M.D. — a pulmonologist, teacher of medicine, and the chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine.
- Linda Porter-Wenzlaff, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N. — a clinical instructor of nursing and a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management in the School of Nursing.
- Ruben D. Restrepo, M.D., RRT — professor of respiratory care, Distinguished Teaching Professor and recipient of a 2010 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award. He is a highly respected educator in the areas of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, pharmacology, and mechanical ventilation.
- Ivy S. Schwartz, D.D.S., M.S.Ed. — a teacher of general dentistry and director of the Comprehensive Dentistry Section of the Predoctoral Program of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.
- Frank J. Weaker, Ph.D. — a teacher of cellular and structural biology and is sole anatomy teacher to have taught 3 distinct anatomy courses: dental gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, and neuroanatomy.
The University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are known to be one of the more generous recognitions in the country granted to educators. Candidates for the awards are evaluated against a stringent set of criteria by their students, colleagues, and third party critiques.
The UTHSC is home to a large number of gifted educators and researchers. Recently, some of these researchers discovered a link between epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Click here to learn more.