The School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker has been elected to the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers. This is one of the highest awards this University offers for teaching excellence.

Holleran Steiker is Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor. She joins Social Work faculty members Dr. Diana DiNitto (1997), Dr. David Springer (2005), and Dr. Marilyn Armour (2010) in the Academy.

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, comprising approximately 5% of the tenured faculty in the university, provides leadership in improving the quality and depth of the undergraduate experience. Members of the Academy advise the president and provost on matters related to the University’s instructional mission; participate in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching effectiveness; and serve as mentors to new faculty.

Established in February 1995, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers was one of the first associations of its kind in the nation. Each year, new members of the Academy are selected through a rigorous evaluation process. Honorees are awarded the title University Distinguished Teaching Professor and serve for the duration of their tenure at The University of Texas at Austin.