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
Senior Medical Educator
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of Academy of Master Teachers
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor

AMT Members Educational Scholarship/Success Submission Link

Welcome and Congratulations 2022 New Members

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Fingerhut, PhD, OTR
Professor and Chair
Robert K. Bing Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor 
School of Health Professions

Patricia Fingerhut, PhD, OTR is the Professor & Chair; Robert K. Bing Distinguished Professor; Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the UTMB School of Health Professions. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy from Texas Women's University.

Dr. Fingerhut is a member of the following organizations; UTMB Academy of Master Teacher, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Texas Occupational Therapy Association, America Occupational Therapy Association, and Phi Theta Epsilon Honor Society, NU chapter.

Previous to her work at UTMB, her practice and research were primarily in pediatrics both in the US and Canada. In 2005, she developed the Life Participation for Parents (LPP) to evaluate and measure outcomes in family-centered practice.



Educator of the Month -September 2023

 Juan Feng, PhD, MA, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing 

Dr. Juan Feng has been a faculty member in UTMB SON since 2009. Dr. Feng's clinical expertise is in the area of cardiovascular disease management in geriatric population. She worked as a staff nurse on the Telemetry unit of Seton Medical Center, Austin. She has taught adult health I, II, health assessment, and nursing informatics courses in the BSN program. Her research interests include health promotion and self care of cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. She has presented in the Southern Nursing Research Society conference and local conferences.