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UT System honors nine UT Arlington faculty members for teaching excellence

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

ARLINGTON – Nine professors from The University of Texas at Arlington are among 72 educators honored today by The University of Texas System for their classroom excellence.

The professors will share $1.8 million in awards and will be honored during a special ceremony next week in Austin.

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo nominated the UT Arlington honorees based on recommendations from department chairs, deans and a committee established by Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"We are honored that The University of Texas System has chosen to recognize so many UT Arlington faculty with these distinguished awards,” Spaniolo said. “These professors represent the heart of our institution. They are respected for their academic expertise, but they also are committed to engaging students in a way that helps students reach their full potential.”

The UT Arlington honorees are:

Stacy Alaimo

Stacy Alaimo, Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Monica Ramirez Basco

Monica Ramirez Basco, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Science

Bill Corley

Bill Corley, Professor, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, College of Engineering

Lee Ann Frederick

Lee Ann Frederick, Lecturer, Department of Biology, College of Science

Donald Granvold

Donald Granvold, Professor, School of Social Work

Douglas Grisaffe

Douglas Grisaffe, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, College of Business

Laura Kopchick

Laura Kopchick, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Peggy Kulesz

Peggy Kulesz, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Kenneth Roemer

Kenneth Roemer, Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

A complete list of winners and their institutions is available at

Faculty winners will be recognized as 2011 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipients during an Aug. 24 ceremony on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The honors come with cash awards ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 – believed to be among the largest in the nation for higher education faculty. The awards are given to faculty members at UT System academic institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. The event marks the program’s third year.

“Exceptional university teaching has been at the core of the services our universities provide to our students since our inception in 1883,” said Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. “When most of us reflect back on our college experience, one or more great educators who left an indelible mark on our lives come to mind. I think of my mentor, teacher and friend, Dr. John Bickley, in front of a class at UT Austin. Dr. Bickley would be so proud that in 2011 the Regents are recognizing and rewarding great teaching,”

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.

“It is our System’s responsibility to provide an exceptional education to our students, and we believe this award program not only furthers that goal, but helps promote a culture of excellence that produces better teaching, better learning and, ultimately, better prepared graduates to enter our work force,” said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. “These awards have proved to be so successful in promoting outstanding teaching that we hope to expand the program to our health institutions as well.”

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.

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $12.8 billion (FY 2011) including $2.3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 211,000 in the 2010 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 68,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

The University of Texas at Arlington is the second largest member of the UT System and is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit to learn more.


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