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.


AMT Faculty Development Day

Presenter: Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, FACP
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medicine; University of Massachusetts Medical School

(Note: Both of the following workshops are being presented each session)

Workshop#1: The Art and Style of Interpersonal Communication: Graceful Self-Promotion
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills to leave a positive and memorable impression.
  • Explore styles of interacting with others and within an organization to enhance one's visibility and leadership presence.
  • Learn and utilize tools for presenting one's accomplishments with confidence and integrity.

Workshop #2: Utilizing Temperaments to Enhance Your Leadership Capabilities
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discover one's personal style; learn about other temperament styles.
  • Understand how temperament affects work in groups and reactions to others.
  • Demonstrate the value of diversity in teams and organizations.
  • Utilize this strategic approach to strengthen leadership effectiveness.

Friday, December 1, 2017
Open Gates
Two sessions | Limited seating
Morning Session: 8 am – 11:30 am
OR Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm – 4 pm

Registration Fee: $60

Register: Click here.

Jose Rojas
Educator of the Month - October 2017

Jose Rojas, PhD, RRT
Associate Professor and Chair of Respiratory Services,
School of Health Professions

Each month the Advocacy Team members of the Academy of Master Teachers selects an educator who was nominated by their students or residents to recognize for their outstanding efforts in the educational arena at UTMB. This month’s nomination clearly demonstrates the high regard Dr. Rojas’s learners have for his teaching and mentoring. A student notes the following regarding Dr. Rojas’s superb skills as an educator and mentor:

"Dr. Rojas brings students through our lab area (this is my interaction with him), and he is passionately dedicated to connecting their classroom learning with the clinical and research applications. He shows them all career avenues, teaches highly advanced concepts in relatable and understandable ways, and is generous with his time and resources for all students. He is passionate about seeing his students excel, in addition to being a wonderful person. Our lab has additionally used him as a resource for many technical and physiological questions and we would be lost without him. Dr. Rojas is truly an expert in his field. I hope you consider my highest recommendation for his nomination as Educator of the Month."

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rojas on this well-deserved honor.


Rebecca Sealy Hospital
3.266 Route 0121
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77555-0121
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Bernard Karnath

Bernard Karnath, MD

D’Anne DeWitt,
Academy Coordinator