Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching: Evaluation

Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of distinguished faculty, including past winners of the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Committee will be evaluating nominations based upon evidence of all four of the following:

  • High intellectual standards and rigor reflected in course design and instruction
  • Currency in the field reflected in course content and evidence-based instructional practices
  • Teaching strategies that encourage student participation in the teaching-learning process
    • Some examples are active learning strategies, innovative uses of technology/multimedia that enhance student learning, etc.
  • Incorporation of teaching practices that foster equitable and inclusive educational experiences

The committee will also be looking for evidence of one or more of the following:

  • Extraordinary, unique, or pioneering contributions to excellence or leadership in teaching.
  • Exceptional effort in providing enriched learning experiences.
    • Some examples are exposure to eminent leaders in the field, field trips, immersion experiences, project-based learning that engages students in theory development, experimentation or replication, industry-based projects or expositions, public service or policy, community improvement or enrichment, increasing access to opportunities, etc.
  • A pattern of impact on students’ intellectual development or professional practice, as measured by the discipline.
    • Some examples are student licensing exam performance, student award and grant winners, student publications or presentations, student placement in highly sought after internships, expositions, artistic performances, graduate programs, jobs, etc.
  • Teaching that consistently inspires students to further their learning or take action to promote enrichment or change.
    • Some examples are a pattern of students changing their major or engaging in further education or scholarship in a discipline, joining community action groups, pursuing public service, engaging in student leadership, etc.
  • Engaging students in scholarship, particularly in programs where students may not typically engage in scholarship.
  • Contributing to the enhancement of teaching within the department, school, or university through training or mentoring of other faculty in teaching best practices and/or teaching innovation.

*   The list is not exhaustive or in prioritized order. The examples given for evidence of award criteria are not required; they are intended to assist nominators in considering types of evidence of excellence. 


Additional information on the Associates Awards for Excellence in Teaching can be found at:

All materials must be received by October 24, 2019. Nominations are for a single year’s cycle only.

Please fill out a nomination form to upload the complete dossier for your nominee.

If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Nagamine at