Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching: Criteria for Awards

Criteria for the Awards

  • Current faculty with at least six years of service at USC
  • The award committee will seek indicators of teaching excellence as evidenced by:
    • High intellectual standards in terms of content, rigor, and integration of the leading scholarship
    • Currency in the field; evidence of scholarly and pedagogical growth as new knowledge is discovered and new classroom technology is produced
    • Exposure of students to scholarship and research in the field, particularly in the undergraduate curriculum
    • Teaching strategies that encourage students to participate in the teaching-learning process, including (but not limited to) service-learning, active learning techniques, innovative uses of technology and/or multi-media to enhance student learning, both in and out of the classroom.
    • Incorporation of teaching strategies that foster inclusive educational experiences.
    • Measures of breadth and/or depth of impact on students’ intellectual development, such as student placements, co-publications/presentations, a pattern of student awards.
    • Unusual effort to ensure a rich learning experience, including highly impactful exercises or experiences, exposure to leaders in the field, project-based learning that results in significant change in policy, community experience, access, etc.
    • Methods of assessment of student learning and achievement that go beyond student evaluations.
    • Contributions to the improvement of the quality of teaching within the university through training or mentoring of other faculty.
    • Other extraordinary, unique, or pioneering contributions to excellence in teaching.*
  • Nominators are encouraged to consider women and under-represented faculty in their nominations.

* The list is not complete: it is intended to assist those preparing nominations