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Three Faculty Earn UT System Teaching Awards

Monday, August 19, 2013

Three engineering faculty members are among 63 educators (nine total from UTA) recognized this year by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom.

The three, Frank Lewis, professor of electrical engineering and the Moncrief-O'Donnell Endowed Chair at the UT Arlington Research Institute; Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering; and Yvette Weatherton, senior lecturer in civil engineering, each earned a $25,000 cash award for demonstrating extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. The professors are to be recognized Wednesday, Aug. 21, during a ceremony in Austin. 

Top to bottom, Frank Lewis, Dan Popa and Yvette Weatherton"Teaching is the mainstay of and fundamental to our mission in the College of Engineering. I am proud that Dr. Lewis, Dr. Popa, and Dr. Weatherton are excelling in meeting this very important aspect of our mission and receiving well-deserved recognition from the UT System," said Dean of Engineering Khosrow Behbehani.

Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Campus and external judges rigorously examined the candidates’ teaching performance over three years.

"A great University has great teachers, and we are proud to have some of the very best,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. “Our faculty members serve one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, and they are committed to ensuring student success not just for those who enter UT Arlington at the top of their high school class, but rather for all who are committed to a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.”

Additionally, students, peer faculty and external reviewers considered a range of activities and criteria, including classroom expertise, quality of curriculum, innovative course development and student learning outcomes. A teaching portfolio was required to demonstrate pedagogical innovation, continuous improvement of course materials, overall teacher training experience and a statement of teaching philosophy and objectives.