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Roemer selected as member of UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Kenneth 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 Distinguished Teachers.

Kenneth Roemer

Roemer 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 instructional innovation.

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 institutions.

“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 English.

“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

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