Academy of Master Teachers

Welcome to the Academy of Master Teachers

About Us

The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, established in 2007, is an honorary service organization to recognize Master Teachers and to provide an array of faculty development opportunities for all UTMB Faculty, including an annual Faculty Development Day, annual Education Symposium, education grand rounds, journal club, innovation grants, mentoring and consultations. Membership is by application and selection against a set of standards. Members serve five-year terms and may be honored with the designation as University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professors.

Mission Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers is an inter-professional community serving UTMB through the promotion of educational excellence.

Vision Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers will propel UTMB to a national and global reputation for excellence in Biomedical and Health Professions education.


Levin Hall 5.518, Mail Route 1042, UTMB
Galveston, TX 77555-1042 
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Faculty Development Day 2022 

Welcome and Congratulations 2021 New Members

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

Ainsworth, Michael 2017Michael Ainsworth, MD
Senior Associate Dean Educational
John Sealy School of Medicine
Professor, Internal Medicine 

Dr. Ainsworth is Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance in the John Sealy School of Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is responsible for coordinating student clinical skills and professional development assessment activities in the School of Medicine. Dr. Ainsworth completed his medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine at UTMB. His background includes a faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University in the Office of Medical Education Research and Development. He has worked extensively with the National Board of Medical Examiners, with a focus on assessment of behavioral science knowledge and application. Dr. Ainsworth's recognitions include a New Investigator award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, a Distinguished Service award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, and election to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, an organization for which he served as President in 2012-13.

Educator of the Month - May 2022


Victor E. Reyes, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Reyes is a Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology. He received his BS in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. His M.S. in Medical Microbiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and his PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Reyes’ research focuses on the regulation of antigen processing and presentation to T cells, understanding the role of class II MHC expressed by mucosal epithelial cells and myofibroblasts in local antigen processing and presentation, the interactions of H. pylori and the gastric epithelium are being used as a relevant model system, understanding the H. pylori and host interactions that lead to inflammation and tissue damage.

Dr. Reyes was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2013.