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. 

The review 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 deadline for nominations has passed. Thank you.

Finalist Materials

Each DTA Finalist must upload the following materials by the deadline of January 11, 2021 by 11:59 PM EST:

  • One (1) page, 1-sided teaching statement (Please do not submit longer teaching statements)
  • CV
  • One (1) syllabus of a recently taught course (within the last two years)

The deadline for DTA finalists to upload their materials has passed. Thank you.

DTA Letters of Support

The DTA Review Committee will need the following letters of support by the deadline of February 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST:

  • A letter of support from your Department Chair/Head or the Graduate Program Director if you are a graduate student.
  • Six (6) letters of support ONLY, four (4) of which should come from current or former students who have taken one of your courses. 

The deadline for writers to upload their letters of support has passed. Thank you.

Current DTA Winners 2020–2021

Previous DTA Winners