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.


Administration Bldg., 5.513, Mail Route 0142, UTMB
Galveston, TX 77555-0142
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

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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 - July 2024

Shinu Joy, DNP, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, OCN
Assistant Professor
SON Undergraduate Studies
School of Nursing

Shinu Joy, DNP, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, OCN is an Assistant Professor in the Department SON Undergraduate Studies in the School of Nursing. Dr. Joy has over 10 years of experience as a nurse educator both in the hospital setting and in academia. She has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of innovative nursing initiatives that focus on evidence-based practice and interdisciplinary collaboration. A few of her most recent accomplishments include: "Exploring the Renal Isles" which engages undergraduate nursing students in a deeper understanding of the renal system via gamification. A collaboration with intraprofessional faculty to create Telehealth simulation to expose students to different healthcare concepts across disciplines. An interprofessional education (IPE) simulation collaborative on Blood Transfusion Reactions which included the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, the clinical Lab specialists, and both the Physical and Respiratory therapy programs.  This simulation serves the various disciplines for both undergraduate and graduate level students. Dr. Joy has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented on topics of gamification to engage-learners, the nursing student experience during COVID-19, and improving assessment skills in nursing student using virtual reality. 

Dr. Joy has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations, serving as a mentor and role model for students and new colleagues alike. She serves as the School of Nursing liaison to the Health Education Center (HEC), serves on the UTMB Faculty Senate, and is a committee member for the Admissions and Progressions for the School of Nursing. She is also in service to the Oncology Nursing Society, Houston Chapter Oncology Nursing Society, Association for Nursing Profession Development-Houston Affiliate, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (Alpha Delta Chapter).