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

2019-20 DTA Finalists can upload their teaching statements and CVs using their UMass login for Google apps. Finalist materials are due by January 15 at 11:59 PM EST.

Upload DTA Finalist Materials

Click this link for recommendations for writing your teaching statement.

Form for Letter Writers

Individuals submitting a letter of support for a particular 2019-20 DTA Finalist can upload their letters by clicking the link below; please note that you will need a Google account to access the form. Letters of support are due by February 14 at 11:59 PM EST.

Upload Letter of Support 

Previous DTA Winners

DTA Winners Present–2010

DTA Winners 2009–2000

Please contact dta@umass.edu with any questions.



Select a user by typing their username to get a list of matches.
Submitter Information
The email to associate with this registration.
Instructor Information
When entering information about the instructor you are nominating, please try to spell the name accurately. You can always check the spelling by searching for their name through People Finder at https://www.umass.edu/peoplefinder/
It would be helpful if you could provide a course code and name (example POLSCI 376: What is politics?)
Nomination Questions
Provide examples of the characteristics you think makes for a great teacher or instructor and explain how the instructor you are nominating demonstrates those characteristics. [Please answer this prompt in 50-100 words].
Provide some ways of how this instructor motivates students’ interest in and engagement with the subject matter. [Please answer this prompt in 50-100 words]
Provide examples of how the instructor’s feedback on your work and performance supported your learning of the course material. 
[Please answer this prompt in 50-100 words]
Provide some specific ways of how this instructor creates a learning atmosphere in which all students feel respected, welcomed, and supported. 
[Please answer this prompt in 50-100 words]
Is there anything else we should know about the instructor’s teaching that was not already covered?