The Outstanding Teaching Award is designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in teaching by members of the University’s faculty. The award recognizes excellence in teaching practices that reflect the highest standards in pedagogy, a record of outstanding teaching effectiveness within and outside the classroom, the ability to inspire, promote, and sustain the intellectual development of students, course and program development, fostering of critical thinking and independent inquiry of students.
The award consists of $10,000 and plaque for the winner, and $2,500 and a plaque for each of two finalists. One award may be presented annually, as well as up to two finalist awards. However, if there are a lack of outstanding candidates, an award may not be granted.
Number and Frequency of Awards
One award may be presented annually, as well as up to two finalist awards. However, if there are a lack of outstanding candidates, an award may not be granted.
The following are non-ranked examples of accomplishments that may be included as evidence.
• Evidence of consistent excellent teaching;
• Student success and/or accomplishments;
• Advising and/or mentoring of students (e.g., internships, directed studies, study abroad);
• Mentoring of other faculty;
• Evidence of reflective teaching;
• Intellectually rigorous, creative, and engaging pedagogy;
• Teaching workshops, invited talks, or presentations;
• External awards and recognitions by local, national, and international organizations for teaching excellence;
• Sustained contributions to curriculum development, and/or innovative instructional techniques and technologies.