Mathematician Receives 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

October 3, 2017 • by Steven E. Franklin

Mathematician Philip ‘Uri’ Treisman is one of seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members chosen to receive prestigious 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. The awards are the Board of Regents’ highest honor and recognize faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.

Uri Treisman

This year, 56 faculty members from across the UT System’s 14 academic and health institutions were honored by the regents. Honorees will each receive a cash award of $25,000.

Treisman, the only 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the College of Natural Sciences, is a professor of mathematics and of public affairs at UT Austin, as well as the founder and executive director of UT’s Charles A. Dana Center. He has actively worked to improve education throughout Texas and the country as a whole, focusing on K-16 math and science education as a means of ensuring postsecondary success for all students.

“The Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards is one of the nation’s largest awards programs to honor exceptional instruction in the university classroom. It is a reflection of the value the University of Texas System and the Board of Regents place on extraordinary teaching and student success, and it represents our profound appreciation to these wonderful educators and the life-changing impact they have on students at UT institutions,” said Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster.

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 of a candidate’s teaching performance including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

“At UT Austin, excellence centers around our faculty. I am extremely proud of our ROTA winners and their dedication to teaching and helping our students succeed,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin. “It is teachers like them that inspire our students to reach their goals and change the world.”

A full list of the past Regents’ award recipients in the College can be found here, and a full list of 2016 award recipients on campus can be found here.


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