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Jarvis Inducted into Prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 12, 2011—Communication Studies Associate Professor Sharon Jarvis, along with six other faculty members from across campus, was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin Thursday.

The banquet highlighted the accomplishments of faculty members from across the university who have been recognized by their peers and students for their contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level. With this year's selections the academy has 126 members.

"Among the many ways we reward good teaching on the Forty Acres, none is more special to me than the induction of new members to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers," said President Bill Powers, who was inducted into the academy in 1997 as a law professor.

Jarvis teaches and conducts research on political communication, persuasion and research methods, and has published books and articles at the intersection of language use, politics and persuasion.

She has received numerous teaching awards and honors, including the Texas Exes Outstanding Professor for the College of Communication, the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award and the Outstanding Professor in the College of Communication. In 2005, she was the second assistant professor in the history of the university to receive the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the largest undergraduate teaching honor at The University of Texas at Austin.

The inductees were named by Provost Steven Leslie in June, and each will receive a permanent academic salary increase of $7,000 and be designated as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. Individuals are selected from the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to serve on an advisory group to the provost on teaching excellence. They also provide institutional leadership and guidance for the distinctive undergraduate experience available in the university's research environment.

The other new members are Jay L. Banner, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences; Michael W. Downer, professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences; Charles Holahan, professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts; Beth Maloch, associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education; Yale N. Patt, professor, the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering; and Marjorie C. Woods, professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.

Established in February 1995, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers was one of the first associations of its kind in the nation. New members of the academy are selected each year through a rigorous evaluation process. Deans of colleges and schools annually nominate faculty for membership, and a committee that includes members of the academy, students and other faculty review the nominations and recommend a slate of honorees to the provost, who makes the selections.

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