Faculty members David Han and Daniel Tablada were bestowed the highest honor by the UT System Board of Regents—the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
Known for having the patience of Buddha, Han’s educational career has included instructing everything from middle school mathematics to graduate level statistics. He has a knack for simplifying difficult concepts and relating them to real life problems. Han currently teaches Probability and Statistics and Mathematical Statistics in the college.
“With explosive amounts of data and ever growing computational power, statistical analysis has become an integral part of most research in the 21st century,” said Han, assistant professor of statistics. “My aim in teaching statistical science is to ensure that the students have a strong qualitative grip one the quantitative concepts and ideas introduced in the courses so that they can apply this new knowledge to solve real world problems.”
At UTSA since 2009, Han received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence and the college’s Dean’s Excellence Teaching Award this year.
Tablada’s students credit him with delivering intriguing lectures that stimulate engagement and curiosity and cultivate independent thought. A senior lecturer in marketing, he draws upon his own professional experience in international marketing in teaching Principles of Marketing (in English and Spanish), International Marketing and a special studies course on the Border Corridor.
“I think the greatest challenge that I offer students is requiring them to apply the knowledge they are learning in class to real world situations,” said Tablada, who has taught at UTSA for 10 years. “By inviting practitioners in different fields to serve as guest lecturers, I can link business concepts to what is being taught in the classroom.”
Tablada has received the college’s Dean’s Excellence Award for Globalization in 2012, and in 2010 he was awarded the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Service and the college’s Dean’s Excellence Award for community service. In 2007 he was recognized for his teaching by being named the recipient of the college’s Dean’s Excellence Teaching Award.
Awardees are selected following a rigorous review process. Candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers consider a range of activities and criteria including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.
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