Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

About the Awards

Established by the Board of Regents in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards complement a wide range of System-wide efforts that underscore the Board's commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity. With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance. Given the depth and breadth of talent across the UT System, the awards program is likewise one of the nation's most competitive.

UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards Website

Deadline to UT Austin Provost's Office

January 31, 2018

Number of Nominations

College/School Tenured & Tenure-Track Contingent
Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences 4 nominations 3 nominations
Business, Communication, Engineering 3 nominations 2 nominations
Education, Fine Arts 2 nominations 1 nomination
All other colleges and schools 1 nomination 1 nomination

Selection Criteria

Award nominees must clearly demonstrate their commitment to teaching and a sustained capability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. The review of portfolios is expected to evaluate teaching excellence using the following criteria:

  • Sustained high performance in student exit (end-of-course) evaluations for more than one undergraduate course, at any undergraduate level; evidence to include high evaluation scores and trends.
  • Syllabi clearly articulate the expected student learning outcomes and major assignments clearly and compellingly align with those outcomes.
  • Compelling recommendations from students, peer faculty and department chair that speak highly of nominees' curriculum quality and classroom expertise.
  • Provides clear and compelling evidence of linking faculty scholarship with innovative course development, materials and content that together inspire students' curiosity and creativity.
  • Provides clear and compelling commitment to and evidence of continuous improvement and innovation in the preparation of course materials.
  • Clear and compelling commitment to high quality undergraduate education from participation in teacher training and/or academic teaching conferences.
  • Demonstrates a clear and compelling focus on undergraduate student engagement in the learning process through innovative and inclusive teaching techniques.
  • Employs a variety of teaching tools and mediums into courses.
  • Evidence of teaching awards received at department, college or university levels or elsewhere (professional discipline associations).
  • Clear and compelling academic-related interaction with undergraduate students beyond the classroom, such as sponsorship of student organizations, sponsorship of scholastic fraternities, field experiences, and undergraduate research.
  • Additional extraordinary commitment to teaching including mentoring students, service learning, engagement, advising, and undergraduate thesis advising.

Nomination Materials Required

The materials for each nominee must be no longer than 75 pages and compiled as a single PDF document bearing the nominee’s last name and campus (e.g., Smith-UTAUS.pdf). Note that nomination materials will not be returned.

The following evidence must be provided in the nomination packet with additional evidence included at the nominee’s discretion, organized as follows:

1. Cover page with the following information

  • Nominee’s name and title (ex: John Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor)
  • Department
  • University
  • Summer contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address

2. Table of Contents

3. Teaching Portfolio

  • A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy
  • The syllabi for three undergraduate courses taught in the last three years, and:
    • Examples of course materials from each course:
      • An example of assessments used to ascertain student attainment of learning outcomes from each course
      • An example of student engagement in learning from each course (such as active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or undergraduate research)
  • A description and any relevant artifacts that illustrate the nominee's approach to continuous quality improvement of innovative course materials

4. Letters of Support

  • Three letters of support from current or former undergraduate students. At least one letter should be from an undergraduate student taught in the last three years
  • Two letters of support from peer faculty who are familiar with the nominee's curriculum and teaching style
  • A letter of support from the department chair

5. Supporting Materials

  • Student evaluations for each undergraduate course taught over the last three years. When applicable, results should be displayed in comparison to appropriate referent group (e.g., by college, department, or modality). UT Austin nominees should use this template to fill out their undergraduate course data.  The Provost's Office will complete the sections highlighted in yellow.  The Dean's Office awards representative should contact Lydia Cornell via email (lydia.cornell@austin.utexas.edu) to request this information no later than one week prior to the UT Austin deadline.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of teaching awards (if not listed in CV)
  • Evidence of academic-related interaction with undergraduate students beyond the classroom (if not adequately illustrated in other materials)

Award Amount

One-time payment of $25,000 to individual faculty.