Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching


        2020 Manning Prize winner Tamara (Tammy) Rahhal 

The Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.  This competitive prize is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community. President Meehan will host a luncheon celebrating the achievements of the selected faculty members, each presented with a $10,000 award.


All full time, tenure-system and non-tenure-system faculty members are eligible to receive this award.


  • Nominations due Friday, December 11, 2020.  (Closed)
  • Applications and letters of support due Friday, January 22, 2021 5:00 PM.
  • Notification of winner and other nominees approximately (date to be announced soon)

Selection criteria

  • Sustained excellence in teaching demonstrated through inclusive and high-impact teaching practices that actively engage diverse students.
  • Exemplary contribution to the campus community, including mentoring colleagues, sharing best practices, scholarship, and other forms of leadership contributing to excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Outstanding record of supporting students’ achievement of educational and career goals through mentoring and advising, especially students from underrepresented groups.

Nomination and Application Process

Nomination: Each department may nominate one faculty member. Nomination of previous College Outstanding Teaching Award and Distinguished Teaching Award winners is encouraged, however faculty with compelling contributions to teaching and learning who have not won either of these awards are welcome. (Closed)

Application: All nominees will be notified by the Center for Teaching and Learning and may submit applications and invite letters of support, all due Friday, January 22, 2021 5:00 PM. These materials should include and not exceed:
  1. Cover sheet outlining contents of the application package, each item described with no more than 100‐words;
  2. Teaching statement detailing beliefs and practices about teaching, learning, and mentoring, and directly addressing the selection criteria below. Must not exceed 2,000 words;
  3. Your current Curriculum Vitae;  
  4. One syllabus developed by you;  
  5. Up to three other documents of your choosing as evidence for meeting the selection criteria.

In addition, you will need to ask for letters of support from your department chair/head, two faculty colleagues, and three former or current students (letters written within last 2 years, though the relationship may be older)

How to submit materials:

  1. Letter Writers*: Submit Letters of Support 
  2. Nominee (Applicant): Submit Your Application Package  

*UMass log-in required.  If you are a letter writer who is not currently UMass-affiliated, please email your letter to

PDF version:  Step-by-Step Submission Guide to Manning Prize 2021

Selection Committee:

  • Two faculty members
  • One undergraduate student
  • One graduate student
  • One Office of the Provost representative
  • One CTL staff member


If you have any questions, please contact


Manning Prize Winners

  • 2019-2020: Tamara Rahhal, Associate Chair of Teaching and Chief Undergraduate Advisor in Psychological and Brain Sciences 
  • 2018-2019: Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology 
  • 2017-2018:  Linda Isbell, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • 2016–2017: Haivan Hoang, Associate Professor of English
  • 2015–2016: Scott Auerbach, Professor of Chemistry

2019 Manning Prize winner Wilmore Webley with Chancellor Subbaswamy, Donna and Robert Manning, and President Meehan.

2018 Manning Prize winner Linda Isbell with Chancellor Subbaswamy, Donna and Robert Manning, and President Meehan.

Haivan Hoang at the 2017 Manning Prize Luncheon

2017 Manning Prize winner Haivan Hoang with Chancellor Subbaswamy, Donna and Robert Manning, and President Meehan.

Scott Auerbach at the 2016 Manning Prize Luncheon

2016 Manning Prize winner Scott Auerbach with Chancellor Subbaswamy, Donna and Robert Manning, and President Meehan.