Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA)

Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA)

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors exemplary teaching at UMass Amherst.

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 teaching assistants) review nominations in a two-step process prior to selecting five faculty (three tenure-track and two non-tenure-track) and two graduate teaching assistant awardees.



Tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, and graduate teaching assistants who are the instructor-of-record 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 teaching assistants.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

Nominate an Instructor

The nomination period for the 2023-24 Distinguished Teaching Award will open in October 2023. Check back soon!

Previous DTA Winners

DTA Previous DTA Winners (Current–2010)

Please contact dta@umass.edu with any questions.