The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the 2012 Arts & Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence. This award will honor A&S faculty and graduate teaching assistants who have made outstanding contributions to the college’s instructional mission. This year, one faculty member will be awarded a $1,000 increase to their base salary, and one teaching assistant will be awarded a stipend of $1,000.


To be eligible for this Arts & Sciences Award, an individual must be:

  1. A full-time, tenure-track faculty member within an A&S department, or
  2. A graduate teaching assistant in an A&S department or graduate-degree granting interdisciplinary program with sole responsibility for teaching one or more courses within that department or program.


The evaluation criteria for faculty and graduate assistants will differ according to their different instructional responsibilities.

Faculty will be evaluated on the basis of the breadth, as well as the quality, of their instructional contributions.  Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated instructional excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through both classroom instruction and supervision of student research, and who have integrated their research and scholarship into their teaching.

Faculty may have made their contributions through:

  • Undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Undergraduate and graduate student mentorship and training
  • Departmental or interdisciplinary curricular developments
  • Other avenues

Graduate assistants will be evaluated primarily on the quality of their undergraduate teaching and the strength of their contributions to their department’s instructional mission.

A college-level evaluation committee will select the faculty member and graduate teaching assistant who will receive the awards.

Nomination Procedures

Each department may nominate one faculty and one graduate student for this award. Faculty members, as well as the Chair, should be involved in evaluating and selecting applications to be forwarded. Nominations submitted to the College should include the following materials:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A teaching portfolio prepared according to the guidelines posted under the “For Faculty” tab on the Arts & Sciences website.
  3. Letters of support from students of faculty nominees, or peer evaluations from students of teaching assistant nominees.
  4. A letter of support from the department Chair.

Nomination Deadlines

Nominations must be submitted to the College by Friday, November 16, 2012.

For more information, please contact Karen Gardner at or 277-4363.