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Quock, Ruppert recognized by UT System Board of Regents for teaching excellence

A photo of UTHealth faculty members Ryan Quock, D.D.S., and Susan Ruppert, Ph.D., R.N., , who received outstanding teaching awards
UTHealth faculty members Ryan Quock, D.D.S., and Susan Ruppert, Ph.D., R.N., receive UT System outstanding teaching awards. PHOTO CREDIT: Maricruz Kwon

HOUSTON – (July 2, 2018) – For the tenth consecutive year, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has recognized teaching excellence among faculty at its 14 academic and health institutions including The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth).

UTHealth faculty members Ryan Quock, D.D.S., professor and vice chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at UTHealth School of Dentistry, and Susan Ruppert, Ph.D., R.N., professor of clinical nursing and coordinator of the Masters of Science in Nursing program at Cizik School of Nursing, have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Quock and Ruppert will each receive $25,000 in recognition of their commitment to student success.

“Please join me in congratulating Drs. Ryan Quock and Susan Ruppert on these well-deserved awards, which recognize their commitment to our students and to the future of health care,” said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., UTHealth president and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair. “These two outstanding leaders exemplify excellence in academic health sciences and it is an honor to count them among the UTHealth family.”

Nominees undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate's teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student-learning outcomes. Recipients will be recognized Aug. 9 at a reception held in conjunction with the Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

“We are indebted to these educators who exemplify great teaching on every level,” Board of Regents Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker said. “These are educators, researchers and health care professionals who – no matter how long they’ve been teaching – never stop thinking about new and innovative ways to enhance the learning experience.”

Over the last decade, regents have awarded more than $19 million to 700 UT System educators for delivering the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, lab, field and online. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance.

 - Written by Kendrick Callis

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