Roemer, a celebrated UT Arlington English professor, is one of five faculty members who
will be inducted this year into the University of Texas System Academy of
is an expert in American Indian and Utopian literatures who was honored in 2011
with the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and previously has been
honored as a UT Arlington Distinguished Scholar Professor and as a
Distinguished Teaching Professor.
He is to be recognized during a ceremony in Austin next
week for his leadership and commitment to improving teaching and fostering
UT System Chancellor
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., said the Academy honors “the best of the best.”
“It recognizes educators,
not only those who are leaders in their field, but also those who are committed
to improving teaching System-wide,” Cigarroa said.
This is the second year
that UT System has honored outstanding educators across the nine academic
“These professors have all
demonstrated commitment and leadership in education, and they will serve on a
System-wide advisory and advocacy group promoting exemplary undergraduate
learning across the entire System,” said Pedro Reyes, UT System Executive Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Roemer joined UT Arlington in 1971 as managing editor of
American Literacy Realism and as an assistant professor in the Department of
“Much of the credit for this award should go to my
colleagues,” he said. “I am especially grateful for the freedom I have been
given by my colleagues to develop new courses and experiment with a variety of
teaching styles. Credit should also go to a diverse student body that continues
to challenge me to come up with better ways to teach.”
Ronald Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice
president for academic affairs, said Roemer continues to distinguish himself as
an exemplary educator.
“Dr. Roemer has made lasting contributions to The University
of Texas at Arlington and to the education of generations of students,” Elsenbaumer
said. “It is an honor to see him recognized by The University of Texas System
for the depth of his expertise and his ability to inspire students and share his
enduring love of learning.”
Roemer has served as assistant dean of graduate studies and
as faculty adviser to the UT Arlington Native American Student Association. His
research has garnered four National Endowment for the Humanities grants.
He has been a fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of
Science, a visiting professor in Japan and a guest lecturer at Harvard – from
which he earned his undergraduate degree – and at other 12 universities
internationally. Roemer’s first book on Utopian literature, “The Obsolete
Necessity,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in American History.
UT System created the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to
recognize outstanding educators across campuses in the UT System. Members will
serve as the System-level advisory and advocacy group dedicated to fostering classroom
innovation, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and catalyzing the
sharing of best practices across campuses in the UT System.
Each UT System institution was asked to nominate faculty
members for the honor. The 2014 class includes five academy members. A full
list of inductees is available
online at www.utsystem.edu.
About UT Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and
the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The
Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh
fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World
Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity.
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