CHSS Excellence in Teaching Awards

The College of Health & Social Science is deeply committed to excellence in teaching and will offer two Excellence in Teaching Awards each academic year. One award will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members and the other award will be given to a lecturer who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. Candidates for this award must have maintained an average of at least a .40 teaching load over a five+ year period.

Criteria for Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Designs courses to maximize learning
  • Stimulates interest of students and encourages them to think imaginatively, critically, and independently
  • Pedagogical techniques address a variety of different learning styles
  • A pedagogical approach that is innovative (new approaches using current or new models of teaching), intellectually rigorous, creative and engaging
  • Demonstrated excellence as an educators for a 5-year+ period.
  • A record of outstanding teaching effectiveness both within and outside the classroom
  • Advising/mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students — interactions outside of the classroom and the quality of such interactions
  • Contribution to developing or enhancing curricula in the field
  • Embodies values in teaching vision statement of CHSS (e.g., social justice)
  • Engages in professional development activities to continue to develop teaching skills
  • Quantitative SETE scores are important to consider as well as the qualitative student comments
  • Other forms of excellence in teaching 

Nomination Process

Students and faculty are able to nominate an individual for this award.

A form will be completed along with a narrative about the nominee that addresses the qualifications of the nominee based on the criteria set forth by the teaching task force. The nominations are due by April 10 of each year.

Awarding of the Excellence in Teaching Award

Each award will include $750 and a certificate signed by the chair of the Teaching Task Force and the dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. Recipient's name, year of award and photograph will appear on a plaque that will be placed prominently on a wall outside of the College Office. The award will be given at the opening collegewide meeting at the beginning of each academic year.