Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships

About the Fellowships

At its August 1983 meeting, The University of Texas System Board of Regents established two Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships. Funds for one endowed fellowship were raised by the UT Austin Dads’ Association under the leadership of Mr. Ralph Spence, and the other endowed fellowship was established with matching funds under the Centennial Teachers and Scholars Program. Faculty members considered to these fellowships should be actively engaged in the instruction of freshman undergraduates.


Application are currently open and due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024.

Number of Nominations

Up to three (3) faculty nominees per college.

Nominee Qualifications

The Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships acknowledges professional-track faculty members primarily engaged in freshmen instruction. The award also acknowledges innovative instructional approaches, and impactful student engagement (mentorship and advising). Fellowship holders must be on campus during their appointments.

Eligible nominees must be in good standing with the university.

Nomination Materials Required

Nomination packets should be saved and submitted using the following format: “Faculty First & Last Name, College/School, year.pdf”. Nomination packets for institutional awards will be limited to 10 pages total (not including the cover page detailed in Section A) for each award and should include the following sections:

Section A: A cover page and evidence of minimal eligibility requirements met (1 page)

  • Nominee’s name, job title, and EID
  • Department and College/School
  • Contact Information
  • Evidence of minimal eligibility requirements met (for the Dads’ Award, please list the freshman course/courses the nominee is being nominated for).
  • Permission for the award packet to be published on UT Austin award website should the nominee be selected for the award.

Section B: Candidate response to award-specific questions (2 pages)

  • In response to the questions below, candidates must include insights and examples of how they have had broader impacts on the campus and their communities (For example, in their discipline, course content, administrative and/or committee work).
  • Award-specific questions include:
    • How have you evolved your pedagogical approach to increase freshmen student engagement in the course? How have you defined success in this endeavor? Please include supporting evidence or examples.
    • What evidence or examples do you have of innovation in course design,instructional delivery, and/or approach?

Section C: Supporting Materials (up to 8 pages)

  • Materials included must demonstrate with data and supporting evidence the faculty’s effectiveness in terms of student learning/development. In this section applicants are welcome to include:
    • Course Instructor Surveys (up to 3 pages)
      • Candidates will include in the template chart relevant information from the two most recent years.
      • Candidates may include up to two pages of representative student comments from courses in the two most recent years.
    • Brief/condensed CV that includes the following sections (up to 2 pages):
      • Teaching-related service and research
      • Advising
      • Teaching awards/honors
    • Two letters of support (up to 3 pages)
      • Letters may be written by any of the following faculty colleagues (no more than one colleague external to UT), department chair, dean, university administrator or student (no more than one student letter).
    • Optional: Candidates may include up to 10 minutes of multimedia, digital, and other forms of content.

See the Faculty Awards FAQ page for more information.

Award Amount

Based on anticipated endowment income, we expect to appoint four fellowship holders (two in fall and two in spring) with a salary supplement of $5,000* each.

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

Application Open

Application are currently open and due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024

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Past Recipients

List of previous recipients.

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Mailing Address

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Faculty Affairs
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Austin, Texas 78701