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.


Mary O'Keefe
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award 

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.

We will honor Dr. O'Keefe at the AMT's New Member Induction on October 15, 2019.

Victor Reyes
Educator of the Month - May 2019

Victor Reyes, PhD
Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
School of Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Reyes for being nominated as AMT Educator of the Month for May 2019. He shows great dedication and enthusiasm for teaching his students in the School of Medicine.

“Dr. Reyes is one of the most involved course coordinators I’ve had and most of my peers consider his course the best course that we have had.” “The honest and kind nature in which Dr. Reyes shares constructive criticism as well as pertinent worldly topics has built an environment in our PBL group of respect, professionalism, and high expectations to excel as a student and as a human being.” “Dr. Reyes makes you feel important. He makes you feel heard. He helps you forget that you are ‘only’ a secondyear medical student…he empowers each student to feel that they have something to offer and that their weaker points are simply opportunities to grow.” “I believe Dr. Reyes is one of the reasons why UTMB SOM is great. As a facilitator, he always comes prepared and always has a positive attitude. As a course director, he asked for and applied feedback to improve the course…the course he taught helped us think like clinicians, and we will be better physicians because of it.”

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

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Levin Hall
5.518, Mail Route 1042
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77555-1042
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Bernard Karnath

Bernard Karnath, MD

D’Anne DeWitt
Academy Coordinator