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Academy of Distinguished Teachers

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTEP’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers was founded in 2019.

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Mission

Welcome to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) at The University of Texas at El Paso. The vision of the ADT is for UTEP to provide an outstanding education to its students. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTEP’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers was founded in 2019. The Academy’s primary purpose is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in teaching at UTEP. Excellent teaching changes lives and transforms communities by providing students the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effect groundbreaking change through creative solutions to today’s social and economic problems in the local community and the world.

Goals of the Academy

  • Recognize, celebrate, and reward outstanding teachers for exceptional contributions
  • Foster and promote high-quality, innovative, and pedagogically effective teaching
  • Facilitate pedagogical training and support colleagues in their teaching efforts
  • Provide institutional leadership in teaching excellence at UTEP by advising the Provost and President on instructional matters and generally fostering educational discourse and initiatives

Faculty Spotlight

 

Dr. Jessica Slade

Teaching expertise - Assistant Professor of Instruction in Early Childhood Teacher Education

Most valued teaching achievement (besides ROTA) - Although I did not receive a plaque, my most "valued" teaching achievement is when I have a student for more than one course, and I see their progression of learning from one semester to the next.  Their quality of work improves, their attention to detail improves, and I'm confident they will in turn become amazing teachers for our future miners.  

Most valued teaching achievement (besides ROTA) - Although I did not receive a plaque, my most "valued" teaching achievement is when I have a student for more than one course, and I see their progression of learning from one semester to the next.  Their quality of work improves, their attention to detail improves, and I'm confident they will in turn become amazing teachers for our future miners.  


 

Dr. Larry Lesser

2021 Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award from the American Statistical Association

2016 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award

Directed UTEP's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2014-2016

NSF grants for educational songs in statistics

Incorporating language, culture, and DEI in my teaching

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

The Academy is charged with providing institutional leadership in teaching excellence at UTEP. Members advise the Provost and President on instructional matters, provide mentorship to UTEP faculty, sponsor teaching-related scholarship, and engage in initiatives that bring attention to and create a climate that values diversity in teaching innovation and discourse. Academy members share their own experiences and expertise with the UTEP community through workshops and other forums on cutting-edge teaching and learning activities, methods, and applications.

Selection

Selection

Members of the Academy shall be recipients of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Recipients of UTEP’s Outstanding Teaching Award shall also inducted in the Academy without a separate nomination and review process. Once inducted, members will remain in the Academy for the duration of their active faculty appointment at UTEP. Recipients of other significant and widely-recognized teaching awards at the State of Texas and/or national stage will be considered for membership in the Academy after a rigorous nomination and review process.  

Members will have the title of “Distinguished Teaching Professor.” Retired Academy members who are granted an emeritus title by the President and Board of Regents will be designated as Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus.

Leadership

Leadership

The Academy is governed by an Executive Council that is elected every two years. The Executive Council is responsible for carrying out activities that support the Academy’s purpose and goals.