About the Authors

Sophia Andres is the Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor in Humanities at UT Permian Basin. She is the author of numerous articles on Victorian and postmodern literature and the Pre-Raphaelites, The Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel: Narrative Challenges to Visual Gendered Boundaries (2006 SCMLA Book Award) and Poetry in Pre-Raphaelite Painting: Transcending Boundaries, co-edited with Brian Donnelly (2018). She is now working on the Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Modern and Postmodern Novel. Andres is the recipient of several teaching awards including the Minnie Piper Stevens Award.


Art Brownlow is Professor of Music and Faculty Fellow for Academic Innovation at UT Rio Grande Valley. He has received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the College Music Society Instructional Technology Initiative Award, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. He holds certifications from the Flipped Learning Global Initiative and from Apple as a Learning Specialist. Research interests include brass instrument history, educational technology, and flipped learning. Published work includes the books Teaching Music History with iPad and The Last Trumpet: A History of the English Slide Trumpet, which remains the definitive work on that subject.


Beth Brunk-Chavez is Dean of Extended University and Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at UT El Paso. She is Past-President of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers and is a 2009 recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Her administrative work focuses on building and sustaining fully online degree programs and online course development. Her research areas include writing program administration, writing assessment, digital composition, teaching with technologies, and multi-language writers. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administration.


Kevin Cokley holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development in the College of Education at UT Austin. He is a Fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers and Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. His research and teaching are broadly in the area of African American psychology. He studies the psychosocial experiences of students of color and is currently exploring the impostor phenomenon and its relationship to mental health and academic outcomes. He is the recipient of the 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.


Mary Lynn Crow is a licensed psychologist, professor of education, Piper Professor of Texas, and director of the counseling program at UT Arlington. She founded the first faculty instructional development center in the UT System, and was the first executive director of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. She is a former public school teacher, counselor, and Romper Room Teacher on the Romper Room International Television Kindergarten.


John Daly is the Liddell Professor of Communication, Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, and TCB Professor of Business at UT Austin. He teaches Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Behavior, and Advocacy and Persuasion. He’s won every major undergraduate teaching award at UT Austin. He’s published more than 150 research articles and chapters in scholarly periodicals and produced eight books, including Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others. Dr. Daly has been the President of the National Communication Association and Chair of the Council of Communication Associations, edited two academic journals and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. Click here to visit Dr. Daly’s webpage.


Patrick Davis serves as Professor of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at UT Austin’s College of Pharmacy. His research interests focus on assessing professional education, and his teaching focuses on infectious diseases, drug metabolism, interprofessional education, and academic preparation. He coordinates the Pharmobility International Exchange Program and has been extensively involved in campus-wide efforts addressing the transformation of teaching/learning and faculty governance. He has been recognized through the University’s prestigious Civitatis Award. At the national level, Dr. Davis serves on accreditations site teams for evaluating Pharmacy Programs through ACPE. Click here to visit Dr. Davis’ webpage.


Diana Dominguez is Professor of English at UT Rio Grande Valley where she teaches ancient to medieval, women’s, and children’s and adolescent literature. Her research is primarily focused on early 20th century American series for teen girls and depictions of diversity in contemporary pictures books. She is a 2014 recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and, in 2015, was named a Fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She has published and presented scholarly and creative work regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Susan Doty is the Founding Director of the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy at UT Tyler. She is an award-winning educator who has taught economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship to thousands of undergraduate students and P-20 teachers. She serves as the current president of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Tyler, the immediate past-president of the National Association of Economic Educators and as a director on the boards of the Texas Council on Economic Education, the Texas JumpStart Coalition for Personal Finance and the Global Economic Educators Alliance. She believes that education is the ultimate economic multiplier!


Jill Fleuriet is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the Honors College at UT San Antonio. Her teaching and research revolve around health and wellbeing, gender, South Texas, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her administrative work includes developing and implementing an experiential learning curriculum and pedagogy for the Honors College. She received the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and UTSA’s President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards for Community Engagement (2016) and Excellence in Teaching (2015). She was named a Fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2018. Click here to visit Dr. Fleuriet’s webpage.


Neil Gray serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UT Tyler. A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he is also co-director of the UTeach program. He is a recipient of the Piper Professorship for Excellence in Teaching, the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, and the UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. His research interests are in the areas of nanoparticles, polymer surface modification, medicinal chemistry, and chemical education.


John Hadjimarcou is Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management at UT El Paso. He currently holds the Chair for the Director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. He previously coordinated a university-wide IMPACT Seminar, which promoted the integration of teaching, research, and service for high impact practices by faculty. Several of his papers appeared or are forthcoming in mainstream marketing and international business journals, including the Journal of International Marketing, International Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and the Journal of Management Studies.


Karen Huxtable began teaching in 1988, and has served as Associate Director of the UT Dallas Center for Teaching and Learning since its launch in 2016. She is a Senior Lecturer III for Behavioral and Brain Sciences and has taught Educational, Social, and Developmental Psychology to nearly 11,000 students since 2000. She served as BBS Teaching Support Coordinator from 2012-2015, received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, and the Seniors’ Choice Award in 2009. In 2013, she received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 inductee to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


Brent Iverson is the Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professor of Chemistry and the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin. His research spans the interface of organic chemistry and molecular biology. His work has involved everything from synthetic folding molecules to engineered protein therapeutics. His lab is best known for creating a commercialized cure for late-stage anthrax that was approved by the FDA in 2016. Dr. Iverson teaches the two-semester organic chemistry lecture courses, in which he is known for developing innovative news ways to visualize molecules as well as presenting students with effective strategies for learning the highly technical subject matter.


Mary McNaughton-Cassill is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at UT San Antonio. Her research focuses on understanding psychosocial sources of stress among college students and on the relationship between news media exposure and stress. She is the author of the book Mind The Gap: Managing Stress in the Modern World and the editor of Adapt and Overcome: Essays on the Veteran Student. As the Director of Educational Mental Health Initiatives at UTSA she has been working with faculty, staff and students to improve mental health awareness and responses on campus.


Alex Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. His research interests include criminal careers, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods. He currently serves as Editor of Justice Evaluation Journal. He has received several research, teaching, and service awards and is Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2014, he received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2018, he was named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


Robert Prentice is the Ed & Molly Smith Professor of Business Law at the McCombs School of Business, UT Austin. He is currently chair of the Department of Business, Government & Society and faculty director of the Ethics Unwrapped video project. He has won more than sixty teaching awards and is an inaugural member of both UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the UT System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 2015, he was presented with the Academy of Legal Studies in Business’s “Distinguished Senior Faculty” award, the business law discipline’s highest professional honor.


Kenneth Roemer is a Piper Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Scholar Professor, National Endowment for the Humanities grantee, and Pulitzer Prize nominee at UT Arlington. He has published a personal narrative about his experiences in Japan, Michibata de Deatta Nippon, three books on Native American literature, including the co-edited Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, and four books on utopian literature, including The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, which was nominated for a Pulitzer in American History. For twenty-four years he has been one of the Faculty Advisors for the Native American Students Association at UT Arlington.


Catherine Ross is an Associate Professor of English at UT Tyler, and President of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She earned her PhD at UT Austin. A specialist in British Literature, Dr. Ross writes and speaks about Romantic and Victorian literature, education in 18th and 19th centuries, and college teaching in the US today. She is completing a book on the education of the British Romantic writers. A winner of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Ross was the Chair of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council from 2016-2017, where she helped to launch a UT System study of dual credit. Dr. Ross is one of the twelve Founding Fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and will serve as the Academy’s President from 2019 until 2021.


Kevin Schug is the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington. He is also the founder and director of UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR). He received his BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and his PhD in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. From 2003-2005 he performed post-doctoral research at the University of Vienna in Austria. He has over 160 peer-reviewed publications and over 400 presentations, posters, and invited talks to his group’s credit in the area of analytical chemistry.


Barbara Shipman is passionate about teaching mathematics in ways that inspire students to enjoy it, be creative with it, and understand it deeply. She is an Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at UT Arlington, where she has received many teaching awards. To complement her work in differential geometry, Dr. Shipman enjoys rethinking foundational concepts in new and insightful ways and presenting engaging workshops and colloquia for mathematical and general audiences. She plays the violin and viola, spends active time outdoors, and enjoys learning about plants, animals, and geology.


John Sibert obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida and PhD from UT Austin. He is a Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UT Dallas. He is an author, inventor and award-winning teacher with an educational emphasis on engaging learners in innovative methods centered on curiosity and discovery.  He co-wrote UT Dallas’ campus-wide education plan titled “Gateways to Excellence in Math and Science” (GEMS) and has appeared as an on-camera science advisor for ABC and CBS News.


David J. Silva currently serves as Provost and Academic Vice President at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment as provost in 2015, he served in various capacities at UT Arlington, including Professor of Linguistics, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Linguistics and TESOL founding chairperson, and UT Arlington’s inaugural Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. In 2013, he was elected as a Founding Fellow to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Dr. Silva received his AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from Cornell University.


Michael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at UT Austin, where he directs the Inquiry Based Learning project. He has received numerous national, statewide, and campus teaching awards, and has produced DVD courses for The Teaching Company in The Great Courses series. He is an author or co-author of a number of popular books, including The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, which is published by Princeton University Press.


James Vick is the Ashbel Smith Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at UT Austin. In addition to his teaching and research, he has served as associate dean of natural sciences, vice president for student affairs, and faculty athletic representative.


Michael Webber is Acting Director of the Energy Institute and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. His books include Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival and Power Trip: the Story of Energy. He was selected to the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 5 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American.


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