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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Carla Amaro-Jiménez, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instructions, has been selected from within the University of Texas System as one of five faculty member at UTA to be honored with the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards recognizing excellence in the classroom.
The prestigious recognition highlights select educators who maintain the highest caliber of excellence in their teaching and deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction in classrooms, labs, in the field and online. Honorees are nominated based on recommendations from department chairs, deans and committees.
“The five honorees this year are truly outstanding colleagues,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “Through their teaching they provide transformational experiences to our students, setting each on a path of enquiry and discovery that results in enhanced development of knowledge and of student success. They epitomize teaching excellence and, in doing so, join a distinguished list of winners from prior years. I'm extremely proud of each of them and of the impact they have on our students both in and out of the classroom. Each year, the honorees raise the bar of accomplishment, inspiring all of us to do even more to assure the very best educational experience for our students. Excellence in teaching, quality of instruction and dedication to student success are the hallmarks of exceptional faculty and this year’s winners exemplify the very highest standards.”
UTA’s recipients are among 56 faculty members within the UT System’s 14 institutions chosen to receive these teaching awards. Recipients are selected after a rigorous review of all aspects of their teaching performance by peers and judges.
“The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards is one of the nation’s largest awards programs to honor exceptional instruction in the university classroom,” said Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster. “It is a reflection of the value the University of Texas System and the Board of Regents place on extraordinary teaching and student success, and it represents our profound appreciation to these wonderful educators and the life-changing impact they have on students at UT institutions.”
The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award program was launched in 2008. Each recipient is awarded $25,000 and will be recognized at a dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Austin.
Carla Amaro-Jiménez is known for her innovative service learning focus, such as directing a program that provides free college access and career readiness services to nine school districts that served more than 35,000 high school students in the last four years.
To support her teaching and directly impact the student learning experience, Amaro-Jimenez obtained two internal grants, the Sustainability in the Curriculum and the Innovative Teaching grants in 2010, and two grants at the federal level. She co-authored the Improving the Preparation of Teachers grant in the amount of $1.9 million, which supported UTA teacher candidates/students through scholarships, curriculum refining, and training opportunities both in the community and abroad. Her contribution to the recent Title V “Hispanic Serving Institution” provided $2.6 million in grant funding for the creation of the IDEAS Center, which supports student success on campus as well as faculty members’ teaching practices.