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

The deadline to submit nominations to EVPP is Monday, March 29th, 2021.

Number of Nominations

Each college may submit one tenured/tenure track nominee and one non-tenure-track nominee. Nominees may teach at the undergraduate or graduate level, including faculty supporting professional degree programs (i.e., J.D., M.D., M.Arch, etc.).

Selection Criteria

  • The ROTA program will focus on a commitment to teaching and delivering excellence to the learning experience through outstanding teaching including effectiveness, innovation, and creativity.
  • Potential indicators of excellence in teaching include, but are not limited to, the demonstrated enhancement of student learning through:
    • Pursuing effectiveness, innovation, and creativity in the classroom, clinic, or setting in which teaching and learning take place.
    • Demonstrating the use of strategies that actively engage the learner.
    • Creating opportunities for experiential learning.
    • Using technology effectively.
    • Adapting teaching methods to improve teaching and learning.
    • Striving to learn and improve one’s own teaching.
    • Being a thought leader in the area of teaching and learning.
  • For this year, we are particularly interested in nominations of faculty who, in addition to the criteria above, developed innovations that were responsive to the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: As of 2021, certain features of the ROTA program have been revised, including the timeline for submission, selection criteria, etc. Please refer to the UT System ROTA awards website for more information. For any outstanding questions, please email

Submission Instructions

  • All final nomination packages shall be submitted electronically to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost via UT Box from the respective dean’s office. The Provost will invite the award coordinator to UT Box for submission.
  • All required nomination documents must be received at the provost’s office by the respective deadline or the nomination may not be considered.

Nomination Materials Required

The materials for each nominee must be no longer than 50 pages and compiled as a single PDF document bearing the nominee’s last name and campus (e.g., Smith-UTARL.pdf). Note that nomination materials will not be returned.

The following application composition is provided to assist faculty as they put together the nomination packet. Additional evidence may be included at the nominee’s discretion:

  • Application packets will be no longer than 50 pages in length and must include the ROTA Application form, which asks for the following:
    • Nominee’s name and job title (ex: John Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teacher Professor)
    • Department
    • Institution
    • Contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address.
    • Demographic information
      • Gender
      • Race/Ethnicity
  •  Application Composition:
    • Mandatory: The mandatory section of the written section should not exceed 20 pages, and should include:
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Teaching Philosophy
      • Letter of Support from the President of the institution
      • Plan for disseminating methodologies/innovations (see bullet below)
      • Letters of Support from College Dean, Peer Faculty, and Former Students
      • The remaining pages of the written document are available at the nominee’s discretion and could include student evaluations (written comments and/or numerical section), evidence of the effectiveness of methodologies/innovations developed (prior to or during the pandemic), and other materials.
    • Supplemental: The supplemental section is in addition to the written portion. While it is not required, the supplemental section may be used by the selection committee to make decisions. In the supplement section, applicants are welcome to include:
      • Video(s) – Limit of 5-10 minutes in total.
      • Multimedia
      • Digital – personal website, LinkedIn profile, etc.
      • Other forms of content
  • Applications must demonstrate with quantitative and/or qualitative evidence (e.g., student recommendations, peer faculty recommendations, etc.) faculty’s effectiveness in terms of student success and learning.
  • Applications must include a plan for disseminating methodologies and innovations to other faculty within their university and across UT System institutions (i.e., shows leadership and commitment).
  • Please number all pages.

Award Amount

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

Past Recipients

List of past recipients.

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Mailing Address

Executive Vice President and Provost

Institutional Accreditation

1616 Guadalupe St., D7600
Austin, Texas 78701