Welcome to AMT

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.

Welcome and Congratulations 2019 New Members

Dr. Marie Dawlett, Dr. Lynne Hughes, Dr. Monique Ferguson
Dr. Cristiana Rastellini, Dr. Shari Mohamed, Dr. Sifrance Tran
Dr. Jianzhi Zhang, Dr. Cara Pennel, Dr. Sharron Forest


Congratulations to Dr. Era Buck
Buck, Era

Dr. Buck’s term as Director-Elect began on September 1, 2019 in anticipation of assuming the AMT Director position for a three year term beginning September, 1, 2020. We look forward to working with Dr. Buck over the coming year as she joins our AMT Executive Team.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award 

Mary O'Keefe

Mary O'Keefe, PhD, JD, RN
School of Nursing 

It is with great pleasure to announce the AMT's 2019 Lifetime Achievement recipient. 

Dr. O’Keefe is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing and has participated in nursing education for over 40 years. She has taught students at all levels in nursing: baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral. She has also taught medical students as part of an interdisciplinary court visitor program and internationally in a biomedical mediation course with Shantou University in China. Her elective course on legal and ethical issues of leadership was so highly regarded by students that became a required course. She has been innovative in her approach to teaching. She quickly adapted her courses to an online format when the School of Nursing moved all graduate programs online. Her outstanding teaching has been previously recognized by being selected as a member of the Academy of Master Teachers and the Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Sciences Education, and a recipient of the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. She has been described as an enthusiastic educator who is innovative, collaborative, and supportive of students and colleagues with a career devoted to education.


Educator of the Month-December 2019

Amber ArmsteadCongratulations to Amber Armstead, OTR, DrPH, AMT Educator of the Month for October 2019.

Amber Armstead, OTR, DrPH is an Assistant Professor and Academic Capstone Experiential Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Dr. Armstead has clinical experience in adult neurological based rehabilitation, physical disabilities across the life span along with community health promotion. She has presented in at regional and now national conferences. She conducts research on chronic HIV and health disparities.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Amber Armstead for this well-deserved honor.

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