Regent's Outstanding Teaching Awards

The UT System Board of Regents introduced in 2008 The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards to recognize faculty who deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction, demonstrate their commitment to teaching, and have a history and promising future of sustained excellence with undergraduate teaching.

These awards are available to the nine UT system institutions and are believed to be among the highest in the nation for rewarding outstanding undergraduate faculty performance and innovation. Of the $10 million set aside for this awards program, the Regents have allocated $1 million per year for five years for UT Austin faculty. The remaining $5 million will be available to faculty at UT Arlington, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler through annual $1 million allocations over a five year period.

The Awards Process

It is intended that no fewer than 60 total awards will be made each year, 30 to UT Austin faculty and 30 to faculty members at the remaining academic institutions. The awards involve one-time payments to individual faculty and are composed of 20 awards of $30,000 for tenured faculty, nine awards of $25,000 for tenure-track faculty upon receiving tenure, and nine awards of $15,000 for contingent faculty (including adjuncts, lecturers, and instructional assistants).

The process of selecting candidates is a rigorous campus-based process that relies heavily on student and peer faculty evaluations within academic departments and progresses through various stages of evaluation within each university, resulting in a recommendation from the campus president.

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) administers the program on behalf of the UT System Board of Regents. The awards are determined by a selection committee appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. All recommendations shall be directed to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and submitted by the last Friday in March of each year. OAA staff reviews the recommendations and forwards the candidates that meet the specified criteria to the selection committee for consideration. OAA staff compiles the results of the committees’ evaluations and identifies does candidates that require further review. Members of the Board of regents will make the final determination on the award recipients.

Actual awards will be made on the strength of individual faculty, not proportionally by campus. The evaluation of candidates will occur in the spring, with awards announced at the August Board of Regents’ meeting.