Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award

Sponsored by: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with support from the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School and Dr. Johnny Lott.

Nominations due: April 1st

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: The graduate instructor must be nominated by a department, a faculty member, or a set of students from the nominee's class. Nominations should include the following items, failure to include these items will hinder the chances of winning:

  • A nomination letter (limited to two pages) from a faculty member, a set of students, or a department. Please include specific details 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 CETL Advisory Board and the University Graduate Council. The selection committee will make a recommendation for the award to the CETL.

Recognition: The recipient is presented a Golden Apple trophy at the doctoral hooding ceremony, he/she also receives $1,000. A plaque displaying the recipient's name is posted in the J. D. Williams Library.

About the Award: The money award and "golden apple" trophy for exemplary instruction was inaugurated in 2008 to recognize the importance of the teaching role performed by graduate students.

Past and Current Recipients:

  • 2014 Christopher Schwanke - Mathematics
  • 2013 Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh - Mathematics
  • 2012 Eric Bonds - Music
  • 2011 Sumedhe Karunarathne - Physics
  • 2010 Otis W. Pickett - History
  • 2009 Laura A. Williams - Management
  • 2008 Ryan Bubalo - English

 

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