Seven faculty members of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio have been awarded with the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA) for 2015 by the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
The ROTA awards are granted each year to a specific group of faculty members from the 9 academic and 6 health institutions included in the University of Texas System that have shown extraordinary innovation and exquisite classroom performance. Each faculty member awarded receives $25,000; ROTA is one of the largest programs in the United States to reward faculty performance of excellence.
The faculty members from the Health Science Center that were awarded this year include: Y.W. Francis Lam, Department of Pharmacology; John Lee, Department of Biochemistry; Robert J. Nolan Jr, Department of Pediatrics; Jean Petershack, M.D., Department of Pediatrics; Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., Department of Cellular and Structural Biology; Rajeev Suri, Department of Radiology; and Karen Troendle, D.D.S., Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.
“These innovative and inspirational educators are indicative of the culture of teaching excellence for which the Health Science Center is known. This recognition by the Board of Regents is well deserved,” noted President William L. Henrich.
“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,” concluded Paul Foster, the Regents’ chairman.
Last year, UTHSCSA was also well-represented in the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, with eight professors and researchers from the school being awarded for their outstanding teaching efforts. Last year’s winner included William P. Clarke, Ph.D., Archie A. Jones, DDS, MBA, Linda M. McManus, Ph.D., Jay I. Peters, M.D., Linda Porter-Wenzlaff, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., Ruben D. Restrepo, M.D., RRT, Ivy S. Schwartz, D.D.S., M.S.Ed., and Frank J. Weaker, Ph.D.