Provost's Teaching Awards

The primary criterion for the awards is skill in teaching, although consideration is given to sound scholarship (usually demonstrated through publications or artistic productions), outstanding service to students, and service to the University and to the campus. In the selection of persons to be nominated for these awards the following criteria are to be used:


Nominees for this award may be either full-time or part-time faculty, in qualified rank (that is, non-tenure track), who have taught at the graduate or undergraduate levels for at least three years. Graduate Teaching Assistants are not eligible, but teaching done as a TA counts toward the three-year minimum, provided that it did not result in the awarding of a Graduate Student Award for Teaching. Graduate students who are working as adjunct lecturers and who are not on assistantships are eligible for this award.

Teaching Techniques and Representative Materials

There must be positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in the classroom. The nominee must maintain a flexible instructional policy which adapts readily to student needs, interests and problems. Mastery of teaching techniques must be demonstrated and substantiated. Consideration is to be given to the number of substantially different courses taught, the number of students per course, and the different teaching techniques employed in the various courses.

When available, student evaluations (in the form of student questionnaires administered and compiled by persons other than the nominee) presented for several different courses over a period of several recent years may provide a clear idea of the nominee's impact on students.

Scholarship and Professional Growth

Candidates must be teacher/scholars who keep abreast of their own field and who use the relevant contemporary data from that field and related disciplines in teaching. Evidence in this area includes but is not limited to course syllabi, ongoing professional development (conferences, workshops, etc.) and may also include publications, grants, presentations at conferences, or artistic productions.

Student Services

In relating to students, candidates must be generous with personal time, easily accessible, and must demonstrate a continual concern for the intellectual growth of individual students. The focus here is the accessibility of the nominee to students outside of class, e.g. office hours, conferences, special meetings, and the nominee's responsibility in terms of student advisement.

Academic Standards and Requirements, Evaluation of Student Performance

Candidates must set high standards for students and help them attain academic excellence. Quantity and quality of work that is more than average for the subject must be required of the students. Candidates must work actively with individual students to help them improve their scholarly or artistic performance. This individual interaction is an important source of information which indicates the nature and level of instruction offered by the nominee. Consideration is to be given to the quality, quantity, and difficulty of the tasks or work assigned to students.

Nomination Process

Please use the checklist of required documents to compile the nomination packet.  Click here for the nomination checklist.

Nomination dossiers should be submitted to the Dean's Office of the nominee's school no later than Wednesday, December 9, 2015. A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the Dean's Offices to Allie Dugan in the Provost's Office no later than Friday, December 11, 2015. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the Deans' Offices no later than Tuesday, January 5, 2016, to the Office of the Provost at

Last Updated: 7/6/15