UTEP Faculty Earn Outstanding Teaching Awards
By Christina Rodriguez
For the eighth consecutive year, UTEP faculty members have been selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). This highly prestigious recognition is bestowed upon undergraduate educators who set a high standard of teaching for others to aspire to achieve.
In recognition for their extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in instruction, each awardee receives $25,000.
Candidates are selected through a rigorous campus-based process with an emphasis on student and peer faculty evaluations within academic departments followed by evaluation at the department and college levels.
“Our award-winning faculty not only excel in the classroom, they are outstanding scholars, researchers and writers,” said Howard C. Daudistel, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I congratulate each one of them for their success and thank them for their commitment to maintaining UTEP’s stature as a leader in higher education.”
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.