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.


Call for Letters of Intent to apply for AMT Membership 

The Academy of Master Teachers is accepting letters of intent to apply for membership. The application forms and information are available on the AMT website and the deadline for receipt is noon, Monday, May 20, 2019. Please return by e-mail to the AMT at

The Academy is an honorary organization recognizing academic leaders and scholarship within the UTMB community of educators. Members are expected to provide service and actively participate in AMT sponsored events to advance the mission of the organization and to promote the scholarly efforts of advancing educators through mentorship, faculty development and funding. The rewards of membership include pro bono registration to annual AMT conferences and eligibility to hold the honorary title of UT Distinguished Teaching Professor in addition to eligibility for endowed professorships.

To review the application requirements, please go click on menu item “How To Apply”. 

UTMB Education Week

May 13 - 16, 2019
"Tweeting to Teach"- Presented by Dawnelle Schatte, MD, Faculty Development Team Leader
  • Monday, May 13, 2019 at Noon—1 pm located in Research Building 6, Room 1.108 with limited seating for 24
  • Have you ever considered joining Twitter? We will discuss ways to integrate Twitter for dissemination of class information, real time feedback, and networking. Sarah Edith Forgie, Jon P. Duff & Shelley Ross (2013) Twelve tips for using Twitter as a learning tool in medical education, Medical Teacher, 35:1, 8-14,
"Latest and Greatest in Educational Technology"- Presented by Julie Trumble, MLIS, Advocacy Team Member
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Noon—1 pm located in Research Building 6, Room 1.102 with limited seating for 22
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5 pm —6 pm located in Research Building 6, Room 1.108 with limited seating for 24

"When a CV is not enough: Using an Educator Portfolio to show evidence of teaching quality"- Presented by Holly West, DHEd, PA-C, Mentoring and Consultation Team Leader and Suzanne Alton, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Membership and Standards Team Leader
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Noon—1 pm located in Research Building 6, Room 1.108 with limited seating for 24

"So you want to be a Teacher?"- AMT Panelist: Karen Szauter, MD; Kelly Dineley, PhD: Linda Rounds, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN and Clifford Snyder, MPAS, PA
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Noon—1 pm located in Research Building 6, Room 1.108 with limited seating for 24
  • This panel discussion is designed for clinicians and scientists who are embracing their career identity as a teacher. Panelists include UTMB faculty who offer the clinician-, clinician-scientist, and basic scientist-educator perspectives. 

Register:Click here.

Laurie Farroni
Educator of the Month - April 2019

Laurie Farroni, DPT, PT, PCS
Director of Clinical Education
School of Health Professions

Congratulations to Dr. Farroni for being nominated as AMT Educator of the Month for April 2019. She shows great dedication and enthusiasm for teaching her students in the School of Health Professions.

“Dr. Farroni is known for her dedication and innovation…she has created novel activities that are “outside of the PT box”…She was instrumental in starting the PT Healer Track…Utilizing mindfulness activities, reflection and introspection, she designed activities to help the students tap into their inner healer and help to bring hearts back into the science of physical therapy care.” “Her passion for teaching is readily apparent from the moment she walks into the classroom. She loves her students and will bend over backwards to make sure we get the best education she can provide…She presents the information and prompts us to think about it and explore our own biases and personal issues with certain types of patients.”

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


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.



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