School of Arts and Humanities News

University Recognizes Five Educators with Teaching Awards


Sabrina Starnaman and Sharron Conrad

Five UT Dallas educators were honored with President’s Teaching Excellence Awards for their outstanding efforts in the classroom.

The award recipients received medallions at the University’s annual Honors Convocation on May 10. They also were recognized at an April reception hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, where center director and associate provost Dr. Paul Diehl said the awardees were chosen from an outstanding group of nominees from across the campus.

Dr. Sabrina Starnaman
President’s Teaching Excellence Award in Undergraduate Instruction (non-tenure-track)

Dr. Sabrina Starnaman, clinical assistant professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, began teaching at UT Dallas in 2011. She has taught an array of literary studies courses, including The Literature of Fantasy, The Literature of Science Fiction and Studies in Women’s Literature.

Starnaman said she believes her students value, and often enjoy, the expressive aspects of her classes because they can see how formulating their arguments with clarity is a vital skill.

“UT Dallas students are the most interesting students I’ve ever gotten to work with,” she said. “UTD students are intense, nerdy and diverse. As a result, I find that our students seize the books and make them their own.”

Sharron Conrad
President’s Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants

Sharron Conrad has worked as a teaching assistant at UT Dallas since fall 2014 teaching rhetoric in the School of Arts and Humanities.

She credits her successes in the classroom to her experience in her previous career working with students in art and history museums.

“When students visit a museum, they are excited about the experience of seeing things for the first time,” said Conrad, a humanities doctoral student. “Every person brings a unique perspective to the things they see, read and experience.

“When a student shares his or her interpretation of a written or visual argument, that contribution is completely distinctive. My role is to help the class recognize the value of their collective knowledge because it builds the trust necessary to improve writing.”

Read the entire story on the UT Dallas News Center.