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

Era Buck, PhD, Director

Faculty Development Day 2021

Welcome and Congratulations 2022 New Members

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Dr. Ainsworth is Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance in the 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 - October 2021

Bushra Manakatt, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Dr. Manakatt is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, August 2014 from UTMB. Dr. Manakatt is an Assistant Lecturer and Clinical Instructor for BSN Students. She is also a Clinical Preceptor for FNP Students and Adjunct Faculty for MSN Students. Dr. Manakatt’s areas of research include Self-management of chronic diseases, Risk factors for diabetes, behavioral modifications and self-monitoring along with shared web-based log to control blood glucose level in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Dr. Manakatt currently holds memberships in scientific and professional organizations such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association and Trained Nurses Association of India.