Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

CSA Faculty


Fred Richards III, Ph.D.

Adjunct Senior Lecturer


University of Texas at Austin, 1984




I recently retired from the UTHSCSA, but I am serving actively as an adjunct faculty member. The courses listed below represent my teaching activities up until my retirement.


Dr. Richards is a teacher of Gross Anatomy and Embryology for first year medical students, second year medical students, and first year dental students. Other teaching responsibilities include faculty team-teaching senior medical students Advanced Anatomy courses, and lecturing in Inter-professional Human Gross Anatomy.


I recently retired from the UTHSCSA, but I am serving actively as an adjunct faculty member. The awards listed below represent my accomplishments and activities up until my retirement.


Over the years, the UTHSCSA medical students, the UTHSCSA dental students, the UTHSCSA Administration, the Cell Systems and Anatomy Department, and the UT Board of Regents have chosen to bestow on Dr. Richards many different awards.


The UTHSCSA senior medical students have selected Dr. Richards for over 15 Outstanding Faculty Awards, a Teacher of the Year Award, and three AMWA Gender Equity Awards by the female medical students. The medical students also selected Dr. Richards to be one of two charter faculty members when the Gold Humanism Honor Society was created at UTHSCSA. Dr. Richards was selected to give the dinner address at the 2015 Medical Students' Award Dinner; he was also chosen that year to be an Assistant Grand Marshall for the senior medical school graduation. In 2016 Dr. Richards was chosen to give the medical school commencement address for the graduating medical students.


The UTHSCSA dental students have selected Dr. Richards for 9 Professor of the Year Awards as well as a Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Richards was elected by the dental faculty to be an Honorary Member of the UTHSCSA Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.


The Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy (formerly Cellular and Structural Biology) chose Dr. Richards for the CSB Teaching Award for Excellence in Health Professional Student Education.


The UTHSCSA Administration selected Dr. Richards for two honors: The UTHSCSA Presidential Teaching Excellence Award and the UTHSCSA Academy of Master Teachers.


The University of Texas Board of Reagents has chosen to give Dr. Richards two distinguished awards: Distinguished Teaching Professor, and in 2017, he was chosen to receive the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.