Academy of Master Teachers

Welcome to the Academy of Master Teachers

About Us

The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers was established in 2007 and 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 educational 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 interprofessional 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) 266-5503

Holly West, DHEd, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Director, Academy of Master Teacher
Senior Medical Educator, Office of Educational Development
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor

Welcome and Congratulations 2023 New Members

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

Cheyenne "Darlene" Martin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rebecca and Edwin Gale Professor
Department of SON Graduate Studies
School of Nursing

Dr. Cheyenne Martin is the Rebecca and Edwin Gale Distinguished Professor of Ethics at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Nursing, and an Associate Faculty at the Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities, Galveston, Texas. She was previously a faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martin received her PhD in Medical Ethics and Public Policy from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She was among the first nursing faculty in the U.S to receive the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Fellowship in Bio-ethics, a program developed by the Kennedy and Shriver families in conjunction with Georgetown and Harvard universities to prepare medical and nursing faculty in the newly emerging field/of medical ethics. Dr. Martin later served as a member of the Kennedy Fellow Selection committee chaired by Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

During the past several decades, Dr. Martin has directed a series of international studies which examined nurses' and physicians' participation in resistance activities in France, Poland, Italy, Belgium and other occupied countries during the Nazi era. This resistance research has been funded by the NIH grant from the National Library of Medicine, as well as grants from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, the Rebecca Sealy Foundation, and the Rebecca and Edwin Gale Professorship. She is currently expanding the research to examine roles and experiences of physicians and nurses in the current conflict in Ukraine. 

Dr. Martin has presented numerous research-based papers addressing roles of nurses and physicians in resistance activities during the Nazi era and other genocides to national international audiences. She is a former member of the Texas Commission and the Holocaust and Genocide Ethics Committee and a long-term member of the International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust. She is currently developing a photo exhibit entitled Medical Warriors in Resistance in France during the Nazi Era. She has also been actively involved as a Visiting Scholar at numerous Holocaust educational programs for the university faculty and high-school teachers. She was the recipient of a UTMB Living Legend Award in 2022.




Educator of the Month - February 2024

Claudia Hilton, PhD, OTR, MBA, FAOTA
Tenured Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Health Professions

Dr. Claudia Hilton is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and Rehabilitation Sciences. Through her career, she has had extensive experience as an Occupational therapist, faculty member and researcher. She previously served on the occupational therapy faculties of Washington University and Saint Louis University. She also served on the roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association and as a Certification Renewal Program Test Item Developer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Her research examines factors and interventions that support activity participation by individuals with autism spectrum disorders including sensory, motor, executive function and interoception.

Dr. Hilton was recognized for her contributions to the occupational therapy profession when she was invited to join the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has been funded by Autism Speakers, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, the Simons Foundation (Autism Research Initiative), and the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions. She also received the Saint Louis University YWCA Leadership Award of Merit from the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association. She is a member of Alpha Eta, the national allied health honor society, and of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honor society.

Dr. Hilton was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2017.