Appendix C1:

Guidelines for Submission for the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

The Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, established in 1986, is designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in teaching by members of the University’s faculty including tenured and probationary faculty, lecturers and librarians.

A record of excellence, including the significance of the nominee’s contribution to instruction and instructionally-related activities must be demonstrated.  Nominees shall be evaluated on submitted materials that explain their pedagogical approaches and methods, their professional growth in teaching, and their contributions to student learning and development.

Below are non-ranked exemplars for each of the evaluation categories.  The list in each category is neither exhaustive nor minimal.  In each category the exemplars are listed alphabetically and no weighting may be inferred from the order.  In all cases, the quality of performance will be the primary consideration in the evaluation.

Pedagogical Approach and Method:

  • Applying software, electronic media, or other instructional tools effectively;
  • Being accessible and responsive to students;
  • Expressing ideas with clarity;
  • Explaining how the course is meaningful to the students’ educational goals and life;
  • Relating well to students—being accessible and responsive to them; or
  • Using exemplary ways of fostering student learning, such as: developing relevant materials; clarifying expectations (learning goals and objectives, grading practices, standards and criteria, etc.); engaging students in well-thought out activities and assessments; encouraging a deep understanding; promoting a transfer of learning.

Professional Growth:

  • Engaging in an active inquiry and reflection about the subject and the best way to teach it;
  • Incorporating new practices and developments in a field in a thoughtful way.
  • Interacting with others to enhance knowledge of the field and of teaching;
  • Using innovative approaches to instruction, including technology or other techniques;

Contributions to Student Learning and Development:

  • Encouraging students in their pursuit of a career or profession;
  • Fostering student learning;
  • Inspiring students in citizenship, service and/or intellectual growth;
  • Motivating students to explore beyond the boundaries of the course material;
  • Scoring well on student evaluations over an extended period of time.

Submission:  Candidates who accept their nomination shall submit an application and the required materials to the Dean of their College on or before the second Monday in February.  Materials needed for submission are:

  • A completed Application Form;
  • A 3-5 page summary statement by the nominee highlighting his/her teaching in relation to the award criteria;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • From one class, chosen and currently taught by the nominee:
    • Class syllabus
    • All materials used to assess student learning
    • A complete set of instructional materials for one course
  • A copy of class syllabi from other classes that the nominee regularly teaches up to a maximum of 3;
  • Up to a total of five letters of support addressing the quality of instruction of the nominee from faculty, students, and/or other sources;
  • Summary report of the student evaluations of the Instructor for all courses that were evaluated in the last 5 years.