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Excellence in Teaching Award

Purpose of award:
To recognize outstanding performance of a teacher in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences over a period of at least five years ending in the spring of the year the award is made.

Nomination/Application procedure:

  • Each department may nominate one of its faculty members for this award each year using its internal governance process. 
  • The department chair will inform the nominee by letter that he/she has been nominated.
  • If the nominee accepts the nomination, the department chair will notify the CAHSS office no later than 5:00 pm on December 21 of the current academic year.
  • The nominee will compile a packet of materials indicating the extent and significance of his/her achievements, due electronically to the CAHSS office no later than 5:00 pm, February 1 of the current academic year.
  • The packet should provide:
    • Thorough and pertinent professional biographical data and evidence supporting the fulfillment of the criteria cited below.
    •  It should also include a current vita and no more than ten pages of other relevant supporting materials.
    • Student and alumni comments and recommendations are encouraged
  • The department chair will provide a chair letter of support, accompanied by the original nomination letter, as part of the packet.

Criteria for the Selection of Recipients

Criteria for this award include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching as shown in quality of lectures and other in-class activities, quality of course design, quality of educational materials and media, research and experimentation in instructional methods and techniques, and presentations about teaching effectiveness at conferences, symposia, and workshops for improvement of teaching
  • Active participation in the intellectual growth and development of students as demonstrated in collaborative research or creative activity with students, sponsorship of student organizations and activities, and general availability and support for students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Active participation in course and curriculum development
  • A record of initiating innovative pedagogies and techniques in the classroom
  • A record of counseling, mentoring, supervising, and advising students