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Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Overview. The Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching shall be awarded by the Faculty Development Committee in recognition of excellence in teaching by a member of the tenured and tenure-track faculty, or by a visiting professor who has a contract longer than one (1) year in duration. The award should generally be based on the faculty member’s teaching during the current academic year, and ordinarily will be awarded each year.

Background. The establishment of this award recognizes that excellence in teaching occurs in many forms—it can be found in courses of all sizes and types, in teachers with diverse styles, and across subject matters.

Nominations. On February 1 of each calendar year, the Dean’s Office shall remind the Faculty Development Committee Chair to ask the tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as visiting professors who have contracts longer than one (1) year in duration, for nominations. Nominations shall be accepted no later than February 15, and the Committee shall render a decision by May 1 of each year. The Faculty Development Committee shall keep the names of the nominators confidential. The Faculty Development Committee may decide on the winner based on any of the following: teaching materials, evaluations, and observation. The Committee may, in its discretion, decline to grant the award in any particular year if it does not believe that any of the nominees have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Eligible Potential Recipients. All members of the tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as visiting professors who have contracts longer than one (1) year in duration, shall be eligible to receive the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, excluding current members of the Faculty Development Committee.

Announcement. The award shall be announced at the Dean’s Luncheon for full-time faculty customarily held the end of the Spring semester, and the winner’s name shall be listed in the program at Commencement.