Professor Patricia Wittkopp was selected as one of six interdisciplinary faculty nationwide who met in late September 2012 to create guidelines for a new Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas.
The UT system board of regents commissioned the external review committee of accomplished teachers to develop the mission and guidelines for the academy, the application process, criteria for selection, and to perform the first round of reviews to induct inaugural members. Members elected this year will form the selection committee for the following year as the academy grows into its own governing body.
"It was interesting to hear the perspectives from different disciplines and universities," said Wittkopp. "After a full day of discussion, I believe that a mature vision for the academy and its potential impact emerged. In the next few months, the external review committee will be selecting inaugural members who are not only accomplished educators, but also passionate about disseminating pedagogical best practices to improve teaching throughout the UT system."