The 21st century university is rapidly transforming. Higher enrollment and lower state funding are requiring faculty to strike a balance between their responsibilities to education and their research. This week, two top-tier institutions recognized Dr. Michael Webber’s commitment to both.
The UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers recognizes educators devoted to improving teaching System-wide, according to UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Dr. Webber joins 16 other professors from the UT System, including only 1 other from UT Austin, in an exclusive advisory and advocacy group to promote learning across the entire system. “As an educator, I believe we can use innovation to bridge the gap by supplementing traditional classroom instruction with engaging and dynamic outreach initiatives,” said Webber.
Dr. Webber’s energy outreach and education projects include a nationally syndicated PBS special titled Energy at the Movies, with a follow up series currently in development. In addition to his on-campus courses, Dr. Webber also offers a global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled Energy 101. He is developing an interactive eBook and assessment infrastructure based on the MOOC content that will be available later this summer.
In addition to his award from the UT System, Dr. Webber was also recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering as a 2014 Fellow for his prolific research in energy and the environment. A membership grade of distinction based on outstanding engineering achievements, “Being a Fellow of ASME is both an exciting and humbling honor,” Dr. Webber said.
For more information about ASME Fellows, visit https://www.asme.org/about-asme/get-involved/honors-awards/fellows
For more information about the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, visit http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/academic-affairs/university-texas-system-academy-distinguished-teachers
Below, Dr. Webber is pictured with Dr. Pedro Reyes, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (left), and Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (right). Photo: UT System