UT Tyler officials announce Outstanding Teacher awards


Officials with the University of Texas at Tyler have announced two 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.


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