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Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award

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

Inaugurated in 2008, the Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes exemplary teaching by a currently enrolled graduate student who serves as instructor at the University of Mississippi.

Nomination Form Due:  March 23

Application Packet Due: April 15

Eligibility: Graduate student instructors who are in good academic standing, making progress toward degree, and teaching in Spring 2019.

Nomination Procedures:

To nominate a graduate instructor for CETL’s Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award, please complete the following:

  • A nomination form must be submitted with a brief narrative describing the qualities that distinguish the nominee as an excellent instructor. Deadline Extended: March 22
  • To submit the nomination, please select the following:  Nomination Form for CETL Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Graduate Instructors will be notified about their nominations by March 23

Application Procedures:

After receiving notification of their nominations, graduate instructors must submit the following application materials:

  • One letter of support from a faculty member, a department chair, or a student (or group of students) taught by the nominee.  Please include specific details that support generalizations made about teaching excellence.
  • 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.
  • Application materials must be submitted by April 15th in any of the following ways:
    • Online:  Upload a file containing all materials to box (link emailed with notification)
    • Email:  Send compressed file to
    • Mail or Deliver:  Submit materials to 105 Hill Hall, University, MS  38655

Award Selection:  Members of the CETL Advisory Board will review applications and conduct class observations.  The recipient will be contacted at the end of April.

Recognition: The recipient is presented a Golden Apple trophy at the doctoral hooding ceremony on May 11, 2018.  In addition, he/she receives $1,000. A plaque displaying the recipient’s name is posted in the J. D. Williams Library.

Past and Current Recipients:

  • 2019 Joshua Simer – Accounting
  • 2018 Marissa Wyant – Political Science
  • 2017 Rebecca Nance – Education
  • 2016 Brittany Nielsen – Psychology
  • 2015 Yan Li – Economics
  • 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