Distinguished Teaching Professor Ryan Quock, DDS, of UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston is among 27 faculty members from The University of Texas System’s 14 health and academic institutions who have been named recipients of the 2018 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. They each will receive $25,000 in recognition of their commitment to student success.

Quock and Susan Ruppert, PhD, RN of the School of Nursing are the only two awardees from UTHealth Houston. A 2005 graduate of the School of Dentistry, he is currently serving as interim chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

“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, MD, 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.”

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

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.

“We are indebted to these educators who exemplify great teaching on every level,” said Board of Regents Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker. “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.”

Recipients of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards will be recognized Aug. 9 at a reception held in conjunction with the Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

The complete list of awardees for 2018 includes:

Health institutions

Ryan Quock, UTHealth Houston

Susan Ruppert, UTHealth Houston

James de Lemos, UT Southwestern

Dorothy Sendelbach, UT Southwestern

Yolanda Davila, UT Medical Branch

Victor Sierpina, UT Medical Branch

Robert  Esterl, Jr., UT Health San Antonio

Ellen Kraig, UT Health San Antonio

Russell Broaddus, UT MD Anderson

Pierre McCrea, UT MD Anderson

Amy Tvinnerein, UT Health Science Center at Tyler


Academic institutions

Frank Foss, UT Arlington

Regina Urban, UT Arlington

Erika Bsumek, UT Austin

Mark Daniels, UT Austin

Gregg Dieckmann, UT Dallas

Peter Ingrao, UT Dallas

Giulio Francia, UT El Paso

Irma Montelongo, UT El Paso

Maria Avalos, UT Permian Basin

Kurt Verlei, UT Permian Basin

Dagoberto Ramirez, UT Rio Grande Valley

Cory Wimberly, UT Rio Grande Valley

Jackie Cuevas, UT San Antonio

Jennifer Dilley, UT San Antonio

Kerrie Ambort-Clark, UT Tyler

Sean Butler, UT Tyler