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UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers inducts inaugural class

Academy of Distinguished TeachersTwelve outstanding educators were inducted into the inaugural class of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Tuesday night.

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers was created to recognize outstanding educators at UT’s nine academic institutions. Members of the Academy will serve as a System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom, and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

“Great teachers are so critical to the success of students, and we are fortunate that the best teachers in the world work for University of Texas institutions,” said Dr. Pedro Reyes, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The Academy honors the best of the best and recognizes educators who are leaders in their field and who are committed to improving teaching across the UT System.”

The 2013 inductees to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers are:

  • Beth Brunk-Chavez, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Mary Lynn Crow, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington
  • John A. Daly, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Patrick J. Davis, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Brent L. Iverson, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Robert A. Prentice, J.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Catherine E. Ross, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Tyler
  • David J. Silva, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington
  • John W. Sibert, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Michael Starbird, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • James W. Vick, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers will meet in the coming year to plan future activities of the Academy.

For more information about the Academy and to read more about each of this year’s inductees, please visit the Academy of Distinguished Teachers website.

About The University of Texas System

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking research and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States, with nine academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2012 enrollment of roughly 216,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $13.9 billion (FY 2013) including $3.1 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With more than 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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