Nine educators honored with Regents Outstanding Teacher Awards

UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award medallion

By Russell Rian

Nine faculty members at UT Southwestern Medical Center have received Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards in recognition of their performance and innovation in the classroom and the laboratory.

The Outstanding Teaching Awards, the highest honor granted by the UT System Board of Regents, were created in 2008 to recognize and reward faculty members who serve students in an exemplary manner. This marks the second year the awards were presented to faculty from the UT System’s six health institutions.

The nine UT Southwestern honorees are:

Learn more about the 2013 recipients.

“We are very proud to have nine members of our faculty recognized by the UT System Board of Regents for their outstanding teaching,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern. “These awards serve to bring well-deserved attention to excellence in fulfilling our vital mission to educate and train the next generation of scientists, physicians, and other health care providers. Our students – and the entire campus community – benefit from their dedication and talents.”

In total, the Regents recognized 39 outstanding faculty members among the six UT System health institutions. Each faculty honoree receives an unrestricted check for $25,000.

“These are world-class educators who are critical to the success of UT health institutions and who are critical to the ultimate success of their students. And the students they mentor and teach will become this state’s future outstanding health care providers,” said Gene Powell, Chairman of the Board of Regents. “The UT board has always been dedicated to cutting-edge research, but these awards demonstrate the board’s further commitment to outstanding teaching. The combination of great research and great teaching will ensure the UT System continues
to be a place of intellectual exploration, educational excellence, and unparalleled opportunity.”

Recognized faculty members underwent a series of rigorous evaluations by students, faculty, and external reviewers. Review panel members considered a range of activities and criteria in evaluating a candidate’s teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development, and student learning outcomes.

“Recognizing outstanding teaching is a major tenet of the UT System’s ‘Framework for Advancing Excellence,’” UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa said. “We are deeply grateful to the Regents for creating this Outstanding Teaching Award and for their ongoing commitment to support the very best educators in the health sciences. These outstanding teachers have an immeasurable impact on the health of our state and nation through their students who will be our future health care providers and scientists.”


Dr. Podolsky holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.