Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards - Call for Nominations
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL FACULTY/STAFF & ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS/PROGRAMS
On behalf of the Board of Regents, the USG Office of Academic Affairs invites nominations for the 2017 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards. These system-wide awards will recognize both individual faculty/staff and departments/programs for a strong commitment to teaching and student success. One faculty/staff award will be given for each sector (research universities, regional and state universities, and state colleges), for a total of three faculty awards. One department/program award will be given for the System; sector will not be a consideration for this award. Award winners will be announced in February 2017. We hope that by encouraging excellence in teaching, the award will continue to foster the academic success of students.
Eligibility and Nomination Procedures
Current full-time members of the teaching faculty and teaching academic staff at USG institutions are eligible for individual awards. Academic departments/programs, and other academic units are eligible for the department/program award. Each institution is invited to submit one nomination for an individual award and one nomination for a department/program award. Campus nomination procedures should be determined by each institution.
A special Regents committee, composed of faculty and administrators from across the System, will review the nomination portfolios and recommend finalists for each award.
Nomination Deadline: December 5, 2016
- Are strongly committed to teaching and learning. This commitment might be demonstrated through activities designed to advance the quality and practice of teaching and learning, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and/or global and multicultural understanding;
- Use effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, including, but not limited to innovative uses of technology, active learning, learning communities, student portfolios, and assessment;
- Have a strong commitment to fostering the academic success of student through interaction with students outside of the classroom (e.g., advising, mentoring, recruiting, etc.).
Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 20 pages, including any appendices (1” margins, minimum 12-point font). Each portfolio must include the following information:
- A nomination letter from the institution’s chief academic officer and one or two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s teaching. These letters should describe the nominee’s teaching and why he or she is especially effective in advancing student learning. (One should be from the department chair/program administrator). (2-3 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
- A condensed curriculum vitae (2-3 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
- A reflective statement that includes the nominee’s teaching and learning philosophy, strategies, and objectives. (2-4 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
- One or two letters of support from recent and/or past students.
- A well-organized set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee’s teaching excellence (e.g., data showing success of the nominee’s students, selected components of course syllabi, handouts, methods of assessing student learning and achievement that go beyond student evaluations, examinations, summaries or recent student evaluations, peer evaluations, student mentoring/advising, etc.). These documents should be accompanied by a brief explanation of why they are included in the dossier, i.e., how they document the excellence of the nominee’s teaching.
Note: All documents must be combined into a single pdf file and submitted by email no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Portfolios that exceed 20 pages or do not meet formatting requirements will not be accepted
2017 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards Department/Program Award Guidelines Criteria
Nomination portfolios are limited to 20 pages, including any appendices (1” margins, minimum 12-point font). Therefore, incorporating every kind of evidence will be impossible. Instead, each department/program will want to select only the strongest and most relevant evidence.
The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominated departments or programs promote, support, and recognize excellence in teaching and in service to students. The kinds of evidence sought are illustrated by the following examples:
- Individual and collective faculty efforts to improve teaching and student learning.
- Methods of assessment of student learning and achievement that go beyond student evaluations, and the use of assessment results to inform teaching practices, and curriculum development and revision.
- Active support to enable faculty to use innovative and effective forms of pedagogy and technology, e.g., critical thinking, collaborative learning, cooperative learning, problem-based learning, learning communities, etc.
- Strong links between good teaching and various rewards, e.g., compensation, promotion, tenure, grants, leaves, travel, departmental or program-based awards, etc.
- Department/unit policies that encourage collaborative faculty efforts, including team teaching, teaching discussion groups, common assessments, interdisciplinary courses, learning communities, mentoring, etc.
- An on-going and data-driven process for reviewing and reshaping curricula so that achieving academic excellence and serving the needs of all students remain as top priorities.
- Exemplary programs for advising, mentoring, recruiting, and retaining students; co-curricular work with students; out-of-class learning.
- Success of the department’s or program’s students, e.g., graduation, job placement, acceptance in graduate school, etc.
- Clear articulation of how quality is defined, promoted, and assessed by the department or program.
- A nomination letter from the institution’s chief academic officer (1-2 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font).
- A narrative statement from the department or program that outlines its philosophy as a community of faculty, and its goals and strategies for making a difference in the academic success of students. This statement should address the criteria for the award (2-4 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font).
- A one-page fact profile for the department or program.
- Data showing student successes, such as graduation rates, student retention, job placement, acceptance to other schools, etc.
- A concise, clear, and well-organized collection of evidence that details the department’s or program’s distinctive efforts to foster good teaching and therefore, student learning. Suggestions for the kinds of evidence that might be included in this collection are found in the award criteria. These documents should be accompanied by a brief explanation of why they are included in the dossier, i.e., how they document the excellence of the department’s teaching.
Note: All documents must be combined into a single pdf file and submitted by email. Portfolios that exceed 20 pages or do not meet formatting requirements will not be accepted