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.

Form for DTA Finalists

The deadline for the 2019-20 DTA finalists to submit a 1-page teaching statement and CV has passed.

Form for Letter Writers

The deadline to submit a letter of support has passed. 

Previous DTA Winners

DTA Winners Present–2010

DTA Winners 2009–2000

Please contact dta@umass.edu with any questions.