Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award


Award Description

The purpose of this award is to recognize tenured faculty at the rank of professor or associate professor who perform outstanding teaching, instruct at the introductory levels of their disciplines, and promote continuous development of teaching excellence and improvement among their colleagues in the UNT community. The award consists of the designation "University Distinguished Teaching Professor" and a one-time supplement of $5,000 added to the recipient's base salary. Up to five awards may be made per year to the most qualified candidates. Award recipients are recognized at the annual Salute to Faculty Excellence dinner and ceremony each fall.

2020 Nomination Guidelines


Submission Process

All nominations for awards to take effect on September 1, 2020 should be submitted using the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Nomination portal. Here is the link: https://vpaa.unt.edu/nominate. If you have any questions please contact Annie Garcia at Ana.Garcia@unt.edu or (940) 565-3987.



All completed nomination packets must be received by the Office for Faculty Success by October 25, 2019. See the Call for Nominations for specific details.


Selection Process/Eligibility

Nominations for the designation of University Distinguished Teaching Professor shall be made by the department chair and submitted to the school or college dean. A candidate's nomination must be based upon a record of excellence consisting of a teaching portfolio covering teaching performance over the 5-year period prior to the nomination. School or college nominations shall be forwarded by the dean to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for consideration and shall include a letter of evaluation of the candidate by the dean. Nominations will be reviewed by the University Distinguished Teaching Professor Selection and Review Committee. To be eligible for this award, an individual must be a full-time tenured professor or associate professor, possess a distinguished record of teaching, and demonstrate evidence of the potential for continued excellence in teaching as well as a commitment to the development and promotion of excellent teaching performance.


Current Distinguished Teaching Professors

Year Faculty Member Department
2019-2020 Gloria Cox Political Science
2019-2020 Margie Tieslau Economics
2019-2020 Robert Upchurch English
2018-2019 Kyle Jensen English
2018-2019 Eric M. Nestler Instrumental Studies
2018-2019 Miroslav Penkov English
2018-2019 Andrew J. Torget History
2016-2017 Sheri Broyles Mayborn School of Journalism
2016-2017 Ruthanne (Rudi) Thompson Biological Sciences
2015-2016 Robin Henson Educational Psychology
2015-2016 Lee Hughes Biological Sciences
2015-2016 Rick Reidy Materials Science and Engineering
2014-2015 Phillip Foster Engineering Technology
2014-2015 Nicole Smith English
2014-2015 Jacqueline Vanhoutte English
2013-2014 Michael Greig Political Science
2013-2014 Dee Ray Counseling and Higher Education
2013-2014 Francisco Guzman Marketing and Logistics
2013-2014 Paul Dworak Music Theory
2012-2013 Neal Brand Mathematics
2012-2013 Alexander Pettit English
2012-2013 Elizabeth Turner (retired) History
2011-2012 Keith Johnson (retired) Instrumental Studies
2011-2012 Eric Ligon Communication Design
2011-2012 Corey Marks English
2011-2012 Richard Tas (retired) Hospitality Management
2010-2011 Kimi King Political Science
2010-2011 Richard White Management
2009-2010 Gopala Ganesh Marketing and Logistics
2009-2010 Joseph Klein Composition Studies
2009-2010 Sam Matteson (retired) Physics
2009-2010 John Quintanilla Mathematics

For more information on this distinguished honor please visit UNT Policy 06.015.