UT Health Science Center Scientist To Receive Teaching Excellence Award
July 31, 2017
Larry K. Lowry, Ph.D., has been named a 2017 University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recipient. Dr. Lowry is professor of occupational and environmental health sciences in the School of Community and Rural Health and director of environmental health graduate programs in the department of occupational health sciences at UT Health Science Center.
Dr. Lowry will be recognized on August 23 in Austin at a dinner hosted by the UT Board of Regents.
The Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are the board’s highest honor. They are offered annually in recognition of faculty members at UT System’s nine academic and six health institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Dr. Lowry’s award includes $25,000 in recognition of performance and innovation.
Faculty members 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.
“Dr. Lowry has been and continues to be a mentor to so many students in the field of occupational health,” said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president, UT Health. “His dedication helps students to succeed in their careers, which improves the specialty of occupational health for everyone. As a representative of the UT Health campus, Dr. Lowry is very deserving to be recognized with this special honor.”
“I am passionate about teaching and feel that I have succeeded not only when my students excel, but when I learn from my students,” said Dr. Lowry. “I am grateful for this award from the Board of Regents, and I thank them for their recognition.”
About The UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards
Established by the Board of Regents in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards complement a wide range of System-wide efforts that underscore the Board of Regents’ commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity.
For 70 years, UT Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care to the citizens of Texas and beyond. Signature programs include cancer, chest diseases, primary care, behavioral health, and public and community health, along with over 25 additional medical specialties. As the only university medical center in Northeast Texas, its mission also includes education and research. Graduate medical education residencies are in family medicine, rural family medicine, internal medicine, occupational medicine, and psychiatry with many newly trained physicians electing to stay in Northeast Texas, a medically underserved region of the state. Graduate degrees include biotechnology and public health. In addition, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $137 million in competitive funding since 2004. With an annual operating budget of over $200 million, UT Health Science Center is a major economic engine for the region.