Three College Faculty Honored by Board of Regents for Excellence in Teaching August 20, 2013

Three College of Education faculty members—Christopher Brown, Andrea Flower and Catherine Riegle-Crumb—were among 26 system-wide winners chosen by the UT System Board of Regents to receive 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, the highest teaching honor it bestows.

Dr. Christopher Brown

Dr. Christopher Brown, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Andrea Flower

Dr. Andrea Flower, Department of Special Education

Dr. Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Dr. Catherine Riegle-Crumb, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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.

A total of $1.6 million will be awarded to educators from all 15 UT System institutions during a ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the UT Austin campus.

Riegle-Crumb is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s STEM education area and a faculty research associate in UT Austin’s Population Research Center. She researches gender and racial/ethnic inequality in math and science education.

Flower, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, studies interventions for youth who have or are at-risk for emotional/behavioral disorders and who exhibit challenging behaviors at school.

Brown, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is program coordinator and graduate advisor for the Early Childhood Education Program. His research focus is on how high-stakes testing and standards-based accountability reforms affect education stakeholders and students.

“We are deeply grateful to the regents for their ongoing commitment to honor our very best and most dedicated faculty. These awards recognize the immeasurable impact teachers have on our students, who will shape the future of our communities across Texas and the nation,” said UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

Established in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction through demonstrated excellence in teaching and sustained excellence in all aspects of 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 criteria in their evaluations including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

"Undergraduate teaching is critical to the mission of our university,” said Steven Leslie, executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin. “During their years on campus, students are inspired to learn, think critically and solve society's issues. These outstanding faculty members are shaping our next generation of leaders and problem-solvers. This recognition from the Board of Regents is well-deserved."

Last updated on August 20, 2013