College of Science

Schug recieves UT Regents teaching excellence award

Kevin Schug, associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, is one of four UT Arlington faculty members to receive a prestigious award for teaching excellence from the UT System Board of Regents.

In all, 96 educators from across the UT System were recognized with Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2014. The honors come with a $25,000 cash award and recognize faculty members at UT System academic institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. The professors were recognized August 20 during a ceremony in Austin.

“This is truly an amazing honor and I am privileged to have had the support of my students and colleagues to be recognized,” Schug said. “Since I began my independent academic career at UT Arlington, I have been lucky to have great mentorship and the opportunity to advance my professional capacity on many fronts. Teaching is obviously one of the most important things we do here, and I am pleased to have been able to dedicate significant effort into becoming a better teacher. To be recognized with this honor gives me confirmation that this effort has made a difference. I continue to be heartened by the supporting environment here at UT Arlington, particularly in the College of Science.”

Schug came to UT Arlington in 2005. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Analytical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria from 2003-05.

His research has been focused on the theory and application of separation science and mass spectrometry for solving a variety of analytical and physical chemistry problems.

In 2009 Schug received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, given to junior faculty who show excellence in education and research. That same year he was also named an Emerging Leader in Chromatography by LCGC Magazine. He received the 2010 Eli Lilly and Co. ACACC Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry, which recognizes researchers whose work has applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Also in 2010, he won the College of Science Research Excellence Award. Schug played a key role in establishing UT Arlington’s $25.2 million partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. He was named Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in 2012 and is director of the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

“I am thrilled to see that the UT System regents chose Dr. Schug for the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Schug is a natural-born teacher and an exemplar of what good teachers are all about,” said Rasika Dias, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “He is incredibly active in a wide variety of teaching activities, from the kindergarten level and beyond into the professional analytical chemistry workplace. He entertains the public at the Texas State Fair each year with his science shows. Kevin was one of two winners out of the 96 who were invited to give a talk at the Board of Regents’ meeting about his teaching philosophy and instructional methods. Overall, I cannot think of a better or more deserving person for this wonderful

Kevin Schug
award. We are really proud of him.”

In addition to Schug, UT Arlington's honorees include: Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology; Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history; and Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science. The four bring UT Arlington’s total number of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipients to 45 since the program’s inception in 2008.
The awards highlight the talent and commitment to excellence in teaching among UT Arlington faculty members, President Vistasp Karbhari said.

“Preeminent research universities are distinguished by the quality of their faculty members and the faculty’s dedication to students. The best teachers instill in their students a shared passion for lifelong learning and discovery,” Karbhari said. “This year’s UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards winners represent the very best that UT Arlington has to offer our students, and we are honored to call them our colleagues.”

Honorees were selected based on recommendations from department chairs, deans and committees. A complete list of winners by institution can be found on the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards website.

“We are proud that these awards support and promote a culture of teaching excellence, especially in undergraduate programs, at all our campuses System-wide,” said Regents Vice Chairman Steven Hicks, chair of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. “The teachers we are honoring are truly the best of the best.”

The Regents have awarded nearly $13.4 million since 2008, when the program was created to recognize faculty members who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.

Recipients are vetted by their peers, students and UT System presidents before advancing to competition at the System level. In their evaluations of a candidate’s teaching performance, members of the review panel consider a range of activities and criteria, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

“Our excellence in teaching faculty is a critical part of the System’s vision of an institution of the first class,” UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. said. “These awards are a reflection of the Regents placing the highest priority on undergraduate, graduate and professional teaching excellence System-wide.”

Posted August 22, 2014