Two University of Texas at Arlington faculty members have
been inducted as inaugural members of the new University of Texas System
Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Mary Lynn Crow
Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in
the College of Education and Health Professions, and David Silva, vice provost
for faculty affairs and a linguistics professor in the College of Liberal Arts,
were recognized for their leadership and for their commitment to improving
teaching and fostering instructional innovation.
Both Crow and Silva were honored in 2009 with UT System
Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards.
“Dr. Crow and Dr. Silva each have
made extraordinary contributions to this University and to the education of
students throughout their careers at UT Arlington,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer,
provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It’s truly an honor to see
them recognized by The University of Texas System for their ability to inspire
students and their ability to share a lifelong love of learning.”
Crow joined UT Arlington in 1970 as an assistant professor in the
College of Education and Health Professions. She went on to found UT
Arlington’s Faculty Development Resource Center, the first center in
Texas and one of the first five in the country devoted to improving
instruction at the university level.Long before her work at UT
Arlington, Crow served as a
teacher and counselor in Texas public schools. She also maintains a
practice in psychology.
Silva joined UT Arlington in 1993 and has served as
undergraduate and graduate adviser, director of the Program in Linguistics and
founding chair of the Department of Linguistics and the Teaching of English to
Speakers of Other Languages. The Fulbright Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and
the Academy of Korean Studies have supported his work.
as vice provost for academic affairs from 2007 to 2013, directing a number of
campus programs, including UT Arlington’s Active Learning initiative. He now
serves as UT Arlington’s vice provost for faculty affairs.
UT System created the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to
recognize outstanding educators across the nine UT System academic institutions.
Members will serve as the System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing
teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary
perspectives on education.
Each UT System institution was asked to nominate faculty
members for the honor. The inaugural class includes 12 academy members. A full
list of inductees is available online at
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive
research institution of more than 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty
members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.