Two UT Arlington faculty members named to new UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two University of Texas at Arlington faculty members have been inducted as inaugural members of the new University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs and a linguistics professor in the College of Liberal Arts, were recognized for their leadership and for their commitment to improving teaching and fostering instructional innovation.

Both Crow and Silva were honored in 2009 with UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards.

“Dr. Crow and Dr. Silva each have made extraordinary contributions to this University and to the education of students throughout their careers at UT Arlington,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It’s truly an honor to see them recognized by The University of Texas System for their ability to inspire students and their ability to share a lifelong love of learning.”

Crow joined UT Arlington in 1970 as an assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. She went on to found UT Arlington’s Faculty Development Resource Center, the first center in Texas and one of the first five in the country devoted to improving instruction at the university level.Long before her work at UT Arlington, Crow served as a teacher and counselor in Texas public schools. She also maintains a private practice in psychology.

Silva joined UT Arlington in 1993 and has served as undergraduate and graduate adviser, director of the Program in Linguistics and founding chair of the Department of Linguistics and the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Fulbright Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies have supported his work.

Silva served as vice provost for academic affairs from 2007 to 2013, directing a number of campus programs, including UT Arlington’s Active Learning initiative. He now serves as UT Arlington’s vice provost for faculty affairs.

UT System created the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to recognize outstanding educators across the nine UT System academic institutions. Members will serve as the System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

Each UT System institution was asked to nominate faculty members for the honor. The inaugural class includes 12 academy members. A full list of inductees is available online at

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