The University of Texas System Board of Regents recognized seven UTEP faculty members with the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for setting a high standard of teaching for others to aspire to achieve.
The UTEP honorees are: Joyce Asing Cashman, Ph.D., assistant professor of practice for STEM education; José de Piérola, Ph.D., associate professor of creative writing; Jorge Lopez, Ph.D., Rho Sigma Tau-Robert L. Schumaker Professor of Physics; Maria Cristina Morales, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and anthropology; Aurelia Murga, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and anthropology; Germán Rosas-Acosta, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences; and W. Shane Walker, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil engineering.
Established in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA) program recognizes educators for their extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and other criteria in their evaluations, including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.
This year’s recipients bring the number of UTEP faculty who have received this prestigious award to 65. The award program is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education.
Each honoree received $25,000 and was recognized at a ceremony Aug. 24 in Austin