Nomination Guidelines and Evaluative Criteria for the Three Teaching Awards

All teaching award applications must contain the following criteria in addition to the respective nomination form and a letter of nomination.

1. Reflective Statement of Teaching Philosophy: 

The degree to which the nominee’s statement attests to high standards of teaching performance, concern for and availability to students, outstanding competence in managing the teaching and learning process, and creativity in the teaching process to advance student learning. 

2. Measure of Teaching Effectiveness: 

Includes SRTEs and other evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Please condense quantitative SRTEs into a summary table.  The degree to which the nominee clearly has demonstrated excellence in teaching as indicated by evidence of student learning, student and peer evaluations, endorsements, innovative teaching methodology, and development of teaching materials. Student evaluations (SRTEs) are considered to be only one means of determining teaching effectiveness.  Other evidence of student learning should be provided for review (peer evaluation of teaching, letters from students, student comments obtained during exit interviews, etc.).  A summary of any new teaching and learning materials developed for classes/laboratories pertinent to the nomination may be attached as an addendum to the packet.

3.Service to Students and the Teaching Profession: 


The degree to which the nominee has an exemplary record of student service through such activities as student mentoring, accessibility to students, etc.  The degree to which the nominee has provided leadership in promoting outstanding teaching at the K-12, college, departmental, university, regional, and national levels.  Consideration will be given to teaching- and learning-related committee activity, publications, grants submitted and received, and presentations at local, regional, national, and international levels. Include teaching and learning-related service in the nominee’s professional and/or discipline-based association.

4. Professional Development: 


The degree to which the nominee’s professional competence in his or her disciplinary specialization is supported by continuing intellectual pursuits that promote excellence in teaching and learning. This includes but is not limited to participation in teaching and learning-related workshops, conferences, and Brown-Bag lunches, utilization of Schreyer’s Institute for Teaching Excellence, etc.