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College Outstanding Teacher Award

Nomination deadline:  12:00 Noon on Wednesday, February 19, 2014


The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is proud of the quality of instruction provided to students enrolled in its courses.  Recognizing the impact a truly extraordinary teacher can have on students, we invite and encourage the nomination of faculty members to receive the College Outstanding Teacher Award.

Eligible Faculty Members:

To be eligible, instructors must:

•  Be full-time employees of the College,

•  Have worked at the College a minimum of 3 years, and

•  Have taught either or both semesters preceding their nomination.

Recipients of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award or the College’s Outstanding Teacher Award in the past seven years are ineligible.


Nominations may be initiated by a faculty member's department head or chair, by her/his departmental or program personnel committee, or by a colleague in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Faculty members may also nominate themselves. Regardless of a nomination’s source, the supporting information and documents required for each nominee are the same. They include: a completed HFA colleague nomination form and course evaluation summary spreadsheet, a completed statement form from the nominee, and up to five completed student support forms. Links to these documents are at the bottom of this page. Questions may be addressed to Lynne Latham (5-0378).


In considering the selection of a nominee and how one can best be supported, you may wish to take into account the following criteria adapted from the Center for Teaching’s award guidelines:

Teaching Effectiveness and Creativity

Evidence that the individual:

•  Has developed effective teaching skills,

•  Is enthusiastic, well prepared, and presents the material in a clear manner,

•  Encourages and motivates student learning,

•  Is open to new techniques and different pedagogical approaches that stimulate intellectual growth and generate student participation,

•  Is fair and reasonable conducting student evaluations.

Impact on Students

Evidence that the teacher:

•  Cares about students and has shown concern for their educational development,

•  Is approachable and available to students in and outside the classroom,

•  Is tolerant of different viewpoints and treats students with respect.

Subject Mastery and Scholarship

Evidence that the faculty member

•  Has mastered the subject areas covered in the courses taught,

•  Incorporates new ideas, research and developments into instruction.

Contributions to Teaching Mission

Evidence that the teacher is engaged in activities that improve teaching, for example, attending seminars, developing special teaching materials or publications, and exploring alternative pedagogical methods.


Nomination Materials: the submission deadline is 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HFA Colleague Support Form and SRTI summary spreadsheet

Nominee Statement

Student Support Form

Nomination forms should be submitted electronically to Lynne Latham ( by the individuals who are completing them.