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Outstanding educators recognized by UT System Board of Regents

Thursday, June 28, 2018 • Media Contact: Louisa Kellie

The 2018 UTA recipients are Regina Urban, clinical assistant professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Frank Foss, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science.

Two University of Texas at Arlington faculty members are among University of Texas System educators recognized with the Board of Regent’s highest honor, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom.

With a monetary award of $25,000, these awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance. Winners are chosen based on rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers of teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

The 2018 UTA recipients are:

  • Frank Foss, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science;
  • Regina Urban, clinical assistant professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation 

“Professors Urban and Foss exemplify excellence in teaching & dedication to ensuring that our students receive a transformational educational experience,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “I am extremely proud of them and the tremendous impact they are having on the success of our students. I’m pleased that the UT System Board of Regents is honoring them for their commitment to excellence.”

Board of Regents Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker said, “We are indebted to these educators who exemplify great teaching on every level. These are educators, researchers and health care professionals who – no matter how long they’ve been teaching – never stop thinking about new and innovative ways to enhance the learning experience.”

Frank Foss

Foss came to UTA in 2008 and rose to the rank of associate professor in 2014. Foss previously served as a post-doctoral research scientist at Columbia University and a graduate research assistant at the University of Virginia.

The Foss Laboratory at UTA is currently involved in designing biomimetic redox catalysts that utilize sustainable oxidants to perform these important synthetic transformations. The laboratory also investigates a range of enzymes, through their interaction with small molecules, to understand their function and potential as tractable targets for new drug development. Finally, numerous collaborations exist that allow the laboratory to design and synthesize natural and non-natural biomolecules for a range of purposes, from medicinal to biomaterial.

Regina Urban

Urban has 18 years of frontline nursing experience in critical care, heart catheterization/electrophysiology lab and nursing staff development/academic instruction. She enjoys helping families as a nurse, and teaching and working with students to help them gain the knowledge that supports them in the nursing workforce. Urban earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing and psychology from TCU, a master’s degree in psychology from Houston Baptist and a doctorate of nursing degree from UTA.

Urban teaches courses in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program and the Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing program. She teaches pathophysiology and nursing research/evidence-based practice courses that are foundational for nursing practice. Urban also works with the Senior One students in the hospital as a clinical instructor in critical care.

She has always enjoyed explaining concepts and skills to others when she was a nurse providing patient care. From there, she did the same explaining and teaching as a staff developer. It was a natural transition to then teach as a clinical instructor in an academic setting.