The University of Texas System Board of Regents presented the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award award to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston faculty members; this is the top teaching prize in the University of Texas System.
Faculty members are evaluated by their peers, students and external reviewers. Several criteria and a range of activities are included in the review panels to better assess a candidate’s teaching performance, including curricula quality, classroom expertise, innovative course advancement and student learning outcomes are some of the components evaluated. The regents’ award is one of the nation’s most competitive awards concerning teaching, since each recipient receives $25,000 and is honored with a dinner hosted by the UT System Board of Regents in Austin.
“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders. With a total award of more than $1.9 million dollars this year, no other university system in the nation is making this kind of an investment in rewarding outstanding faculty. The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them,” stated Paul Foster, the Board of Regents chairman.
Dr. Kimberly Brown, from the department of surgery, “It’s truly an honor to have been selected for this prestigious award. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have at UTMB to help shape the healthcare providers and teams of tomorrow,” he said.
Lisa Cain, from the department of neuroscience and cell biology; “I am humbled and elated to win this distinguished award,” Cain stated. “The interactions with my students over the years has been one of the most rewarding components of my career.”
Dr. Mark Holden, department of internal medicine; “I was just ecstatic to receive the notice. It’s such an honor to be recipient, especially to be included with the prestigious company of those who have won in the past.”
Dr. Susan McCammon, department of otolaryngology; “I am honored and humbled to be included in this group of teachers. In my teaching and clinical work I wear many hats: cancer surgeon, clinical ethics consultant, medical humanist and palliative care physician. With my students. I explore what it means to identify with these different perspectives and how to negotiate their synergy and occasional conflict.”
Victor Reyes, pediatrics and microbiology and immunology; “I feel honored to have been recognized for this prestigious award since the nomination comes from students and peers. Also, being included among an elite group of individuals known for their dedication and contributions to the educational mission of UTMB is indeed an honor that I value immensely and encourages me to continue improving my skills as an educator. “
Carolyn Utsey, department of physical therapy; “I love seeing the development and growth of our students from when they enter the program until the culmination of graduation. And then to see them as new professionals and continue that growth through years of lifelong learning is so rewarding.”