Distinguished Teaching Award

The DTA honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level.  The highly competitive and prestigious campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program has been honoring teaching excellence on the UMass Amherst campus for over 30 years. 

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. 

Committees comprising faculty and graduate students review nominations in a two-step process of data collection and analysis prior to selecting four faculty (three tenure-track and one lecturer) and two teaching assistant awardees.


Both faculty and graduate students are eligible for this highly-competitive award. 

I. Nomination Process

TEFD sends an email to all students soliciting nominations of instructors for recognition of their teaching abilities and interest in student learning in the fall.  The DTA will be awarded the following spring semester at the campus awards ceremony.


II. Student Survey

If you are a student taking a class with an instructor who was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award, use the following link to fill out the DTA Student Survey.


III. Finalist Personal Statement

DTA finalists should submit their personal statement that reflects their teaching using the link below. 

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IV. Letters of Support

If you are writing a letter of support for a DTA finalist, please upload your letter using the link below. 

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Note: If you are submitting a letter of support and do not have a UMass NETID and password, please send your letter to dta@umass.edu and indicate on whose behalf you are submitting your letter.


Previous DTA Winners

DTA Winners Present–2010

DTA Winners 2009–2000


For more information, contact TEFD