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UT Tyler Announces Regents’ 2018 Outstanding Teaching Awards

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June 20, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Agency Director
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today its recipients of the 2018 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

Kerrie Anne Ambort-Clark, senior lecturer in management, and Dr. Sean Butler, associate professor of chemistry, will each receive $25,000 in recognition of their superior undergraduate instruction and commitment to student success through teaching. They will be recognized Thursday, Aug. 9 in Austin.

"We are very proud of Kerrie Anne and Sean for this remarkable honor bestowed upon them by the Board of Regents," said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs. "The award represents a profound commitment of our faculty to student success."

A member of the Soules College of Business faculty since 2009, Ambort-Clark is also executive director of the UT Tyler Executive MBA in Healthcare Management Program. In addition to her involvement with online education, Ambort-Clark has provided leadership development for community stakeholders and created leadership training modules used in both academia and industry.

Serving the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011, Butler's teaching philosophy is to relate organic chemistry to everyday life. As a researcher, Butler has mentored 25 UT Tyler students who have become physicians, pharmacists, industrial chemists and educators throughout the state and abroad.

The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards annually acknowledge System faculty members who deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction in the classroom, laboratory, field and online.

Selection criteria include classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes. After a rigorous campus-level review, names are forwarded by each institution's president for consideration before the board's final selections.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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