Distinguished Teaching Award

The highly competitive and prestigious campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program has been honoring teaching excellence on the UMass Amherst campus for over 30 years. The DTA honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. 

Only current students and alumni may nominate faculty for this award. Committees comprising faculty and graduate students review nominations in a two-step process of data collection and analysis prior to selecting four faculty (three tenure-track and one lecturer) and two teaching assistant awardees.

Award recipients receive a monetary prize, and their names are inscribed on the DTA memorial wall in the Integrative Learning Center. Faculty recipients are awarded $3,500, and graduate students are awarded $2,000. 


Both faculty and graduate students, nominated by current students or alumni, are eligible for this highly-competitive award. 

Nomination Process

In September, TEFD sends an email to all students soliciting nominations of instructors for recognition of their teaching abilities and interest in student learning.

2016–2017 DTA Winners

List of the 2016–2017 DTA winners