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Faculty Teacher and Adjunct of the Year Programs

Awards for both programs will be based on designations by colleges with voting for an overall University awardee by separate panels of faculty experts.  

December 15: For full-time faculty, Deans shall determine college Teachers and Adjuncts of the Year and report this designation to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assessment. Deans are encouraged to invite nominations from departments as appropriate and may decide to set a pre-deadline for these nominations. For adjunct faculty, we invite full-time faculty colleagues to submit nominations.  

As per past practice, each college may award one full-time Teacher of the Year, with three from Arts and Sciences and one Adjunct of the Year (all Colleges). Each college should designate a single awardee, which may be kept confidential upon request, to be considered for the University-wide honor. (This only applies to Arts and Sciences.) The Deans' Office should provide the following nominating material in addition to the material listed in "General Eligibility":

  • Highlights of teaching assignments;
  • Examples of teaching innovations and engagement in student learning outcomes assessment;
  • Examples of teaching evaluations and analysis thereof.  To underscore our receptiveness to student feedback, teaching evaluation documentation is mandatory for the nomination package.  Available comparison information should also be provided.  Nominator should note if (and why) there is no available documentation on student evaluations, and is free to provide a framework if there is a belief that the scores do not do justice to the candidate’s teaching excellence;
  • Justification for nomination.

Aside from evaluations and student letters (see below), any artifacts of teaching innovations, syllabi, teaching evaluations and the like should be limited to five pages and should be directly provided (as paper or attachments) with the nomination (rather than by a link, web page, flash drive, etc.).

January 15: Nominators should arrange for between three and seven student letters from students taught by the nominee. No more than seven letters will be accepted. At least one letter should be from a current student, and letters should represent at least three different courses for a full-time faculty member (aside from exceptions as noted above). Students should also be encouraged to highlight innovations in the teaching approach of their nominee.  

February 15: A judging panel will select a University-wide Faculty Teacher of the Year from among the college awardees. The judging panel will also select three of the complete nominations for adjunct professors as Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year.