Office for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs

Presidential Teaching Excellence Awards


The Presidential Teaching Excellence Awards recognize the best of our academic colleagues at The University of Texas Health Science Center.


To be eligible for nomination, a faculty member must

  • hold at least a .8 full-time equivalent (FTE) appointment
  • be at the rank of instructor or higher
  • have taught at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for a minimum of the last three years
  • not have been a recipient of this award within the last eight years.

A candidate for the award may be nominated by any one of the following:

  • A dean of the faculty member’s school or chair of his/her department or
  • At least two members of the faculty.

Awardees are those who (1) exhibit excellence in professional behaviors, interactions and attributes that advance student learning; (2) incorporate outstanding teaching techniques and materials; and (3) inspire their students to demonstrate mastery of content and professional skills.

Nominee Packet Requirements:

  • Presidential Teaching Excellence Summary of Accomplishments: the summary of accomplishments (please use the form below) highlights the nominee’s teaching activities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Additional pages may be used if necessary for any of the areas. If an area does not pertain to the nominee’s teaching activity, please indicate by placing Not Applicable for that area.
  • Nominee's current CV in standard UT Health Science Center format.
  • Summaries of students’ ratings of the nominee’s courses or teaching. Some nominees do not have these ratings, but they are helpful if they are available. Please provide numerical summaries and typed summaries of students’ comments for the past five years only. Please do not send individual students’ evaluation forms.
  • Three to five letters of reference from students, residents, fellow faculty members, colleagues, and/or administrators who can best articulate the nominee’s teaching accomplishments in relation to the criteria listed in the summary of accomplishments. The review committee is attentive to the breadth of teaching contributions; thus, it is important to address the nominee’s effectiveness across the various levels and teaching environments in which the nominee interacts. Please note: The nomination packet must include a letter of support from a Department Chair or Dean, if the Chair or Dean is not the nominator.


One nomination packet, with original signatures, must be submitted by 5:00 pm CST, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, to the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, 4th floor of the Academic and Administration Building. As well, an electronic PDF of the complete nomination packet must be submitted to Sandra Rodriguez at by Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:00 pm CST.


2016 Recipients

Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Health Systems, School of Nursing

Daniel Lawrence Dent, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine

Kristy Y. Kosub, MD, Professor, Director of Student Education, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Y. W. Francis Lam, PharmD, FCCP, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

Andrew E. Muck, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Director, Global Health Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

Brent Shriver, PhD, Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions

For more information, please visit the following pages: