Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. 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. 

Undergraduate students complete initial reviews of all nominations and then committees comprising of past DTA winners (faculty and graduate students) review nominations in a two-step process prior to selecting four faculty (three tenure-track and one non-tenure-track) and two teaching assistant awardees.


Tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, and graduate student instructors are eligible for this highly-competitive award. Graduate and undergraduate students may nominate any instructor they have previously taken a course with or an instructor with whom they are currently enrolled in a course. Faculty may submit nominations for graduate student instructors.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please review our DTA FAQs page for more information about the nomination process, finalist materials, the committee review process and more.

Call for Nominations

The nomination period for fall 2020 opens on September 23, with a deadline to submit a nomination by October 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

Click here to nominate an instructor for the 2020-21 DTA [link will be active on September 23, 2020]

Previous DTA Winners

DTA Winners 2010–Present

DTA Winners 2000–2009

Please contact dta@umass.edu with any questions.