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. 

Nomination Process

Beginning in 2018, there will be two nomination rounds: In April and September, TEFD sends an email to all students soliciting nominations of instructors for recognition of their teaching abilities and interest in student learning.  The DTA will be awarded the following spring semester at the campus awards ceremony.


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.

The survey will open on November 9 and close at 11:55 pm on November 30.


Previous DTA Winners

List of the 2017–18 DTA winners

List of the 2016–2017 DTA winners

For more information, contact TEFD