Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsored by: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with monetary support from the Office of the Provost and Dr. Johnny Lott.
This $1000 award and “golden apple” trophy for exemplary instruction was inaugurated in 2008 to recognize the importance of the teaching role performed by graduate students. A plaque displaying the winners is posted in the J. D. Williams Library.
Date nominations due: April 8, by 12:00 PM
Eligibility: Graduate instructors who are currently teaching or have taught during the current academic year.
Nominations: The graduate instructor must be nominated by a department, a faculty member, or a set of students from the nominee's class. Complete nomination packets should be sent to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 105 Hill Hall.
Selection criteria and application requirements:
- A nomination letter (limited to two pages) from a faculty member, a set of students, or a department. Please include specific detail that supports generalizations made about teaching excellence.
- One letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter) from a department, class or set of students in a current or previous class taught by the nominee.
- A current resume or vita.
- A list of courses taught.
- A statement of the nominee's teaching philosophy.
- Evidence of innovative or creative teaching practices.
- Any other evidence of distinguished teaching, including student class evaluations, and evidence of student learning.
The selection committee consists of a subset of the Advisory Board of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the University Graduate Council, chosen by the Director of the Center and the Dean of the Graduate School. The selection committee will make a recommendation for the award to the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Golden Apple and $1000 check will be presented to the winner of the 2012-2013 Graduate Instructor Teaching Award at the doctoral hooding ceremony.
Past and Current Recipients:
2008 Ryan Bubalo – English
2009 Laura A. Williams – Management
2010 Otis W. Pickett - History
2011 Sumedhe Karunarathne - Physics
2012 Eric Bonds - Music
2013 Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh - Mathematics