Social Work Professor Selected for President's Teaching Award

Thursday, Mar 24, 2022

By Valerie Fields Hill
School of Social Work

Dr, Rebecca Mauldin
 Dr. Rebecca Mauldin


For the second consecutive year, a Social Work professor has won a campus-wide award for outstanding classroom teaching.

Dr. Rebecca Mauldin, an assistant professor of Social Work, will be recognized next month with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Untenured. She was selected by a panel of peers at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Mauldin, who comes from a family of educators, will be honored at 4 p.m. April 26 in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E. H. Hereford University Center. The award will be given during the University Faculty and Associates spring meeting.

“I was always involved with training or mentoring,” said Dr. Mauldin, who taught in a neuromuscular therapy institute prior to becoming an assistant professor at UTA. “I come from a long line of teachers. So, it wasn’t a surprise when I became interested in teaching.”

The Award for Excellence in Teaching – Untenured is given annually by UTA Interim President Teik Lim to a non-tenure track instructor who has taught for at least three years and has demonstrated effectiveness and innovation in the classroom.

This year, for the second straight year, a School of Social Work professor has earned a UTA teaching recognition.


Last year, Dr. Lim named Social Work Associate Professor Diane Mitschketo the UTA Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


This year, in selecting Dr. Mauldin, Diane Lange, who chairs the UTA Academy of Distinguished Teachers and oversees the selection process, said the honoree’s instruction reflects UTA’s teaching mission.


“This honor is a clear indication of your devoted, enthusiastic and long-standing commitment to students…,” Professor Lange wrote to Dr. Mauldin.


“I commend you for your outstanding contribution to teaching and look forward to congratulating you.”


Dr. Mauldin teaches Social Work 6340, “Advanced Research Methods in Human Services.” The course offers graduate students lessons in the techniques and tools of research and how to design and collect data.


Dr. Mauldin also teaches Social Work 5313, “Research and Evaluation II,” a course in which advanced Social Work students learn to analyze practices used by human services agencies and to evaluate their programs and the interventions they use.


Ashley Schwartz was enrolled in “Research and Evaluation II” in fall 2020. She is pursuing Master’s degrees in both public administration and Social Work.


“Research can be a tough class and many students struggle with it,” Ms. Schwartz said. “Dr. Mauldin’s class design made our research project very manageable.”


Dr. Mauldin was approachable and “always made us feel comfortable asking questions when we lacked understanding or needed guidance,” she said.


“Because of her willingness to help, I felt comfortable asking the questions I needed to succeed in her class,” Ms. Schwartz said. “In fact, she met with my group several times, listening to our ideas, reviewing our work and providing helpful feedback.”


It is these interactions with her students that Dr. Mauldin says affirms why she enjoys teaching.


“When the going gets tough for me as a teacher, I remember…how much of a difference one teacher can make in the life of a student,” Dr. Mauldin said.

“I have done my best to let the students know I care (and) to provide referrals to resources and create a nurturing and flexible learning environment.”