Center’s Director to be Honored for Outstanding Teaching

This week the Board of Regents of the University of Texas system will present its prestigious Outstanding Teaching Award to Keith Erekson, director of UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning.

Award recipients must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Erekson’s teaching performance over three years was rigorously examined by students, campus leaders, and external judges. He will receive a bronze medallion, a certificate, and $25,000. He is one of 72 faculty members from the across the UT system who will share $1.8 million in awards.

The UTEP University Communications office writes that Erekson is an “assistant professor in the Department of History, earned his master’s degree in history from Brigham Young University and Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. He joined the UTEP faculty three years ago, and teaches undergraduate and graduate history courses. He devotes most of his time to training future history teachers. Among his many achievements at the University, he founded and directs the Center for History Teaching and Learning, which provides a variety of online resources and professional development opportunities for teachers (www.utep.edu/chtl). ‘I am both honored and humbled to receive this award. Teaching is a group activity, and I often reflect on the good students and supportive administration I have found here at UTEP,’ Erekson said.”

The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a division of UTEP’s History Department created to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, support teacher education among our students, and provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers.

Links

UTEP press release
http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=69962

UT Regents press release
http://www.utsystem.edu/News/2011/UTS-ROTA-08-17-11.html

Official website
http://www.utsystem.edu/teachingawards/2011/all.htm

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