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Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Established in 1999 by then-president Mark Yudof, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) is an organization through which its members provide important leadership to the University community, serving as mentors, advisers, and spokespersons for the University’s teaching mission. 

The members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers are those who have been recognized by either of two University-wide annual award programs: the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.  The undergraduate teaching award has been in place since 1965, and the graduate-professional award since 1999. ADT members may be affiliated with any credential-granting program on any campus, and may be either faculty or professional and administrative (P&A) employees. Recipients of the Morse-Alumni and the Graduate- Professional Teaching awards are given the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor (faculty) or Distinguished University Teacher (P&A) throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota.

Executive Committee

The current members of the ADT Executive Committee are:

Ken Leopold (chair), Twin Cities                     kleopold@umn.edu

Nancy Carpenter, Morris                                carpenne@morris.umn.edu

Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Crookston               slimthom@crk.umn.edu

Bob Poch, Twin Cities                                     pochx001@umn.edu

Steve Sternberg, Duluth                                 ssternbe@d.umn.edu

Current Membership

A list of current ADT members is available here.

Upcoming Activities

The biennial ADT retreat will be Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge, in Deerwood, Minnesota. The theme of the retreat is: Student Mental Health and Wellness: So We Can Teach and They Can Learn.  ADT members may register for the event. Space is limited.

The biennial ADT-sponsored conference, open to all University educators and students, will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the McNamara Alumni Center. From 4:00 to 6:00 PM, the annual teaching awards ceremony will take place in the same location. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact the ADT chair, Ken Leopold.

For further information about ADT or its activities:

Chris Bremer      Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs           breme006@umn.edu

Jane O’Brien       Center for Educational Innovation                                                  janeob@umn.edu

Office Address
110 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For general inquiries, call 612-626-9545 or email vpfaa@umn.edu