School of Architecture Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Juan Miró has been honored with a 2015 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, its highest teaching honor.
Miró was among eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. The awards program is one of the nation's largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.
Each honoree will receive $25,000 and be recognized at ceremony August 19 at the JW Marriott in Austin.
“There is nothing more important at a university than good teaching,” said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. “I thank the UT System and Board of Regents for recognizing the work of these talented faculty members, and I thank the recipients — at UT Austin and across the UT System — for inspiring their students every day.”
Established in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.
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.
“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders,” said Paul Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents. “With a total award of more than $1.9 million dollars this year, no other university system in the nation is making this kind of an investment in rewarding outstanding faculty. The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students, and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them.”
Previous University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award recipients from the School of Architecture include: Assistant Professor Tamie Glass and Lecturer Judy Birdsong (2014); Assistant Professor Matt Fajkus (2013); Associate Professor Cisco Gomes and Senior Lecturer John Blood (2012); Professor Richard Cleary (2011); Professor Christopher Long and Associate Professor Elizabeth Danze (2010); and Professors David Heymann and Larry Speck, Associate Professor Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram, Associate Professor Ulrich Dangel, and Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner (2009).